Six Nations: Wales coach Warren Gatland says team have ‘forgotten how to lose’

By Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Sport Wales at Stade de France

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Wales have forgotten the system to lose – Gatland

Wales’ comeback victory in France within the gap match of the Six Countries confirmed they’ve “forgotten the system to lose”, said head coach Warren Gatland.

Trailing 16-0 at half of-time in Paris, two George North tries helped Wales flip the game on its head within the second half of to triumph 24-19.

The extinguish result gave them a tenth successive exhaust for the first time since 1999.

“Our game-administration modified into heart-broken however we came across a model to exhaust,” said Gatland. “It’s good to fetch out of jail.”

France started superbly and tries from Louis Picamoles and Yoann Huget looked to have save them as a lot as the sign.

“The message at half of-time modified into to correct develop the tempo,” said Gatland.

“For me, the astronomical distinction between the 2 teams is that we have change into an aspect that’s presumably forgotten the system to lose and can dig deep cherish that.

“On the opposite hand, they’re presumably a crew purchasing for some self belief, having no longer had a huge plod within the closing seven or eight suits.”

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Six Countries: Wales beat France in comeback in opening game

Talking before Friday’s match, Gatland said he belief his side would exhaust the Six Countries – his closing within the job – within the occasion that they won in Paris.

The chance of a fourth Six Countries title of his 11-yr reign looked a long way flung at some stage in a basic half of in which an error-ridden Wales had been overwhelmed.

Even supposing Gatland modified into unhappy with functions of Wales’ efficiency, he said he hoped snatching victory in this kind of capacity would possibly per chance well space up one more title bid.

“To exhaust this tournament, you wish honest a dinky of honest appropriate fortune,” he added.

“We watch relief on our victories and know that in most cases which you can have the jump of the ball and one thing goes your map. It’s about seeking to originate momentum and fetch off to a exhaust.

“France in Paris is a real reveal of affairs first up within the Six Countries and in case which you can well exhaust the first game, you originate momentum after which which you can have a correct likelihood of winning the tournament.

“Each person knows that after we are collectively over a length of time, we fetch higher and extra proper.

“Now we have one more away game subsequent week and it ought to be no longer easy. We’re off to Nice for per week collectively. That’ll be huge, hopefully the climate will be OK. We watch forward to Rome on Thursday.”

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