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Six Nations 2019: ‘It is good when predictions come true’ – Gatland – NEWPAPER24



Six Nations 2019: ‘It is good when predictions come true’ – Gatland

2019-03-16 19:50:39

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Wales coach Warren Gatland says he’s glad his facet have been capable of again up his pre-tournament prediction by successful the Grand Slam.

Gatland mentioned if Wales received the opening match in France they might go on to to win the Six Nations.

“It is good when predictions come true, is not it?” mentioned Gatland.

“I’ve obtained to have that perception and self esteem and if I can painting that onto the gamers in some small manner then hopefully they will imagine it as properly.”

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones mentioned that perspective rubbed off on the gamers.

“When you’ve gotten somebody who’s so assured on the prime of the tree, that filters down and it is onerous to disregard,” mentioned Jones.

“He is obtained a bit left on his contract so he cannot take his foot off the fuel but. However his report speaks for itself.”

That report is three Grand Slams – he turns into the primary coach to attain that feat – since Gatland took cost in 2008.

It was a 14th successive win for Wales who will now be ranked second on this planet behind New Zealand.

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“There was little doubt I used to be moderately emotional afterwards,” mentioned Gatland.

“It is nice. I get such a buzz watching these guys lifting the trophy and celebrating.

“That is what it is all about – creating historical past and successful Grand Slams, issues no person can ever take away from you.”

Gatland mirrored on his personal private achievement, which he acknowledged was not potential with out his squad.

“I’m fairly pleased with what I’ve achieved,” mentioned Gatland.

“I’m fairly pleased with what this teaching and administration workforce have achieved. It is fairly particular.

“I feel I’ll get pleasure from that afterwards, however the sport is at all times in regards to the gamers and we stress that.

“It was an awesome efficiency and the boys totally deserved it. This group of gamers will run via a brick wall for you.

“The youthful gamers have come via with no worry and proven actual character.

“They’ve labored their butts off on this marketing campaign and we have pushed them onerous.”

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Gatland mentioned Eire coach Joe Schmidt had made a mistake by opting to have the Principality Stadium roof saved open regardless of the rain in Cardiff.

“We in all probability obtained a few choices that went our manner and I assumed the referee had an impressive sport,” mentioned Gatland.

“I do not suppose he was too completely happy in regards to the roof being open and getting moist, in order that in all probability helped us just a little bit too!

“The circumstances suited us in the best way we deliberate and ready. We anticipated the roof to be open from the beginning of the week and searching on the lengthy climate forecast we thought it was going to rain.

“Our game-plan dictated what we have been going to do and the blokes have been glorious.”

This was Gatland’s remaining act as Wales coach within the Six Nations as he steps down after the World Cup in Japan later this yr.

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“I am going to miss the ambiance of a full home, coming in on the bus, the followers and the celebrations afterwards,” mentioned Gatland.

“Sitting someplace subsequent yr watching the Six Nations, it’s going to be one thing I miss.

“Having been concerned right here so lengthy, I simply hope they will proceed what we have executed within the final 10 or 12 years when it comes to placing some respectability again in that jersey, being profitable and being a workforce that’s onerous to beat.

“I do know that when the gamers put that crimson jersey on, it is not at all times about successful, however the Welsh public wish to see this group attempt onerous.

“And in the event that they do this, it is all you may ask for. These are the type of issues that I will miss with this group.”

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