Wales can't afford any slip-ups – Charteris

Luke Charteris accepts there can be no margin for error as Wales face a history-making quest to be crowned RBS 6 Nations champions this season.

No team has ever won the title after drawing a game, but that is the task now awaiting Wales and Ireland following Sunday’s 16-16 draw in Dublin.

Wales did it the hard way in 2013, bouncing back from an opening weekend loss to Ireland by reeling off four successive wins and claiming Six Nations silverware on points difference from England.

Starting next Saturday when Scotland arrive in Cardiff, Wales must realistically win three homes games — France and Italy are also due at the Principality Stadium — and topple England at Twickenham to maintain hopes of finishing top.

“We have to win all four,” Wales lock Charteris said. “We saw last year how close this tournament has been over the last few years. Unfortunately, there is no Grand Slam or Triple Crown to go for now, but we have to knuckle down and get four wins from four.

“I saw a bit of the [Scotland versus England] game, and they [Scotland] looked good. It was a physical game against England — both packs went at it — and they will be a challenge, especially with us having one day less recovery, so we will have to look after ourselves.”

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