Six Nations 2014: Warren Gatland praises ruthless Wales

Six Nations 2014: Warren Gatland admits Wales have been inconsistent throughout the championship

Wales
51
Scotland
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Warren Gatland declared that his Wales side were ruthless after they ran out seven-try 51-3 winners over 14-man Scotland at Millennium Stadium.

The Wales head coach praised his players as they bounced back from a disappointing 29-18 defeat by England six days ago to remain unbeaten at home this year.

We have been inconsistent in this championship but we have finished on a high

Warren Gatland

“In this tournament we have been inconsistent but I thought the players responded – it was a good display today. You have to be ruthless and I think we were ruthless,” Gatland said.

“The sending off helped but we were 13-3 up at the time of the red card and I think we would have gone on to win the game. It was a good performance and we took our opportunities. For us to do that was pleasing and we are looking forward to the summer now.”

After two titles in the last two years, Wales struggled on the road with losses to Ireland and England, but Saturday’s win and France’s defeat by Ireland give Wales a third-place finish in the table.

And Gatland was keen to talk about the confidence it will bring for the rest of the year.

“In the last three years we have won 12 of our 15 Six Nations games and we’ve had a pretty good record,” he added. “We have been inconsistent in this championship but we have finished on a high.

“The guys did really well – we had to earn the right to go wide and the forwards delivered on that. We’ll take a lot of confidence from that.”

Wales will now prepare for a summer tour of South Africa without two of their Six Nations heros as captain Sam Warburton joined Leigh Halfpenny in facing several months on the sideline with a shoulder injury, but Gatland is happy with where his squad is.

“For a small country like Wales with a small playing base, we are happy with where we are but we want to keep improving as a side,” he added.

“We have a big tour of South Africa coming up. We feel we get better the longer the tournament goes on and what’s pleasing is the way the players respond.

“For the players to do that as they did today was fantastic.”

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