Mike Ruddock has praised his unsung Wales pack for their contribution towards the team's unbeaten RBS 6 Nations Championship campaign.
While the glitterati - gifted backs like Gavin Henson and Shane Williams - have taken centre stage during victories over England, Italy and France, coach Ruddock also believes the forwards deserve considerable credit.
"We have never gone on record as saying we are world beaters up front yet. What we have said is that we are starting to compete with the bigger packs,'' claimed Ruddock.
"Everyone thought that England might roll us over, and they sort of did to a certain extent at Twickenham last year; Italy, well there was talk of them rolling us over and also the French pack, and so it has gone on.
"Against France last season, we won 10 out of 27 set-pieces, so we lost 17 of our own put-ins. This season, in France, we won 23 out of 30.
"There has been a definite improvement, and at times this season we have pushed France, New Zealand and South Africa off the ball,'' he added.
"There is a structure to our game. It might look a bit off the cuff at times, and certainly we do promote things like that, but there is also a lot of structure to allow us to try to open up the opposition defence."
As head coach Stuart Lancaster polishes the axe he will soon wield over his World Cup training squad, Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has backed Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie to be given a stay of execution.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.