Six Nations 2012: Wales will deal with pressure – Warren Gatland

Warren Gatland is confident his Wales side will cope with the pressure ahead of next week's Six Nations decider against France

Warren Gatland is insistent his Wales squad won’t panic this week after moving to within one win of claiming the Six Nations title following a 24-3 success against Italy at the Millennium Stadium.

Gatland saw his rampant side destroy the Azzurri, despite the scoreline not reflecting their dominance, with Jamie Roberts and Alex Cuthbert going over for scores.

Wales will face France at the Millennium Stadium next weekend, looking to once again claim the crown of the best side in Europe and win the Grand Slam.

Victory would cap a memorable few months for Wales, having also reached the World Cup semi-final in the autumn, and Gatland is assured his side have the mettle to deal with the pressure.

“It won’t be difficult for us to get through this week at all,” he said.

“The guys have got their heads on. These young players are just taking these things in their stride.

“The players are well aware about the huge amount of hype but I would like to think they are in a good place and that the Welsh public are pretty happy with them.”

Assistant coach Rob Howley added: “The next week will be the same as the last three weeks. We have to get our preparation right.

“We have trained particularly well over the last three or four weeks and the word Grand Slam haven’t been mentioned up until this point.

“It will be interesting to see how France go against England tomorrow but to be honest we will concentrate on ourselves.”

© Sportsbeat 2012

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