Warren Gatland eyes Grand Slam dream in his final Wales Six Nations game

By Gareth Griffiths

BBC Sport Wales at Murrayfield

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Wales beat Scotland 18-11 to edge nearer to the Gargantuan Slam title
Six Nations: Wales v Eire
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Date: Saturday, 16 March Kick-off: 14:45 GMT
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Warren Gatland is relishing the prospective of profitable a “dream” Gargantuan Slam in his final Six Nations game accountable of Wales.

They moved a step nearer to a match easy sweep with a 13th successive victory over Scotland and host Eire subsequent Saturday.

Gatland says full-relieve Liam Williams has to be fit after coming off with a shoulder smash at Murrayfield.

“There’ll probably be emotion,” admitted Gatland.

“It is St Patrick’s Day subsequent week and the Irish will probably be chomping at the bit.

“It’ll be a large event and also you’re going to now not be in a arena to net a label wherever.

“The opponents is restful open with England and Eire making an allowance for they’ll probably be in with a ****** if we net knocked over.

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“We need to lift shut this Championship and the most efficient approach we can assemble that’s by getting the Gargantuan Slam.

“If we can assemble that I will promise you there will probably be some extreme celebrations afterwards, but now we must regroup.

“We assemble net an additional day over Eire on account of they play on Sunday and that’s going to be a scenario for them.

“There’ll probably be no lack of motivation and if that Welsh crowd can assemble the identical divulge they did towards England.

“That atmosphere, power and motivation they gave the gamers may presumably well well maintain a vital impact subsequent week.

“I am interested by it and or now not it’s miles a dream we can fulfil and assemble something gorgeous special as a crew.

“We’re 13 in a row and hopefully we can assemble 14 now.

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2d half of modified into once nerve-wracking – Gatland

Gatland may be the first coach to lift shut three Gargantuan Slams.

“You ruin recordsdata and those are the things nobody can ever purchase far from you,” acknowledged Gatland.

“Within the event you’re going to maintain those alternatives you’re going to must steal them with each hands and chase in the market and maintain no regrets.

“I am sure the gamers may presumably well well now not maintain any regrets subsequent week.”

Gatland admitted Wales may presumably well well need had an gape on the Gargantuan Slam game towards Eire at half of-time at Murrayfield where they held a cosy 15-6 lead.

Scotland roared relieve in the 2d half of and Wales’ desperate defence held out for victory.

“We maintain now spoken about forgetting ideas to lose and profitable has change into a behavior,” acknowledged Gatland.

“These guys are discovering ways to dig deep and in the previous under that compose of strain I am now not sure they would maintain had the psychological strength to clutch them out.

“Nonetheless these guys are discovering ways to assemble that and that’s the reason what correct aspects assemble.

“These guys maintain received the have confidence and belief in the crew-mates to fulfil their very possess roles and that’s the reason extremely crucial at the most effective level.”

Domestic troubles

Gatland praised the gamers’ response after a jumpy create-up had been dominated by a Wales regional rugby row which saw a proposed merger between Scarlets and Ospreys disregarded by all aspects.

“Here is an fabulous crew of guys and they’re gorgeous tight,” acknowledged Gatland.

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“There is small doubt Monday and Tuesday had an impact on the gamers. We did now not prepare totally on Tuesday and we did now not defend successfully, which is once quickly our valuable defensive day.

“We maintain now needed to relieve that up on Thursday and Friday and neat some stuff up. After that early birth to the week the gamers maintain more or less received on with their job.

“There is quite a lot of emotion enthusiastic with all people and I purchase my hat off to them about how they maintain got dug deep.”

World league anxiety

Gatland also spoke on the other rugby controversy of the week, which has incorporated World Rugby outlining radical proposals to the world game that can presumably well well encompass condensing the Six Nations to 5 weeks from seven.

“Here is a noteworthy opponents and folks are doubtlessly going to a 5-week match – I make now not think the Celtic worldwide locations may presumably well well continue to exist that playing every week.

“You’ll need that respite duration in the middle to net better. England and France may presumably well well cope and presumably Eire has enough numbers, but Scotland and Wales and Italy would warfare.”

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