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Warren Gatland

International Wales
by JoDan (U10481375) 07 November 2009
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Gatland is a coach I admire and I like. However, he really needs something sweet to go with those sour grapes he's got right now.

AB's barely got out of 1st gear and Wales looked average at best.

Maybe he will learn not to criticise other teams and Leagues in future.

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comment by Fixxdt (U14207719)

posted Nov 8, 2009

Gatland did a whole lot of mouthing off leading up to this test match, ranting about how the Kiwi's were better 10 years ago, how they have lost their aura, how Carter wasn't going to play. A little too concerned about the other team I think. Didn't hear a peep out of Henry, he just got on and got the Kiwi's ready.

And they lost. Again. Getting closer? I don't think so. I don't think the Kiwi's played that well, maybe it was a different game plan, maybe it was all the debutantes (couple in there I think?). Carter still punished Wales with his boot, and Gatland clearly hadn't prepped Wales on options. Some nice breaks by Wales, but it the difference of the teams that NZers got their breaks over the line. Carters tackle was high but only after it rode up, worthy of 10 minutes? Hardly. That Wales player that kicked the NZer on the ground, now there's soemthing 10minutes worthy.

If Wales can't beat NZ, jetlagged, 6-7 new players, at home, the gap is still as wide as it ever was. NZ play to the ref, and play for 80 minutes. Being close for 60 or whining about it doesn't bridge the gap at all. Proof will be when they play in NZ right after the Tri-Nations, something that AU and SA have trouble with.

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posted Nov 8, 2009

FXXdt - Wales losing margins used to be 50 pointers on regular occasions V S.Hemisphere- so yes they've got much closer. As for excuses for NZ not being better 'Jet lag yada, yada .. Take a look at the Wales team; 3 Lions were out, 2 players back from injury in the last 2 weeks - 2 players playing out of position and one new cap. If you can't see things could be much better for Wales also then why make excuses about the Blacks? either bring all the downsides to the table or don't make excuses - do any of you think the reason teams don't have good game is because they're stopped by the opposition - bodies went on the line to stop 2 tries and NZ weren't capable of breaking them - or they would have scored. No could've or should've count.
they were good for what they achieved a narrow margin, but a victory.

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posted Nov 8, 2009

Gatland should take a look at the replay of Brendon Leonard getting kicked in the head on the ground by the Welsh player before he goes on about 50/50 penalty calls. Last time i looked this was classed as dangerous play and on another day could easily have been a sin bin as well. At the end of the day he lost so get over it, but stop having sour grapes for what was a great game by both teams.

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posted Nov 9, 2009

I think Wayne Smith and his fellow NZers should shut up, Wayne Barnes was such a good ref in that RWC semi-final.

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posted Nov 9, 2009

I agree with Gatland - the All blacks were lucky - they were almoust trounced by Wales. If my memory serves me correct - I think that they got close to scoring about twice whilst the AB only had about 3 tries disallowed and only got up to the Welsh trieline about 20 times! It was definately the ref's decisions that ruined the game for Wales!

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posted Nov 9, 2009

It is quite wrong to suggest that the crowd did not see the Carter high tackle...we all booed at once up in U32, row 33 - as high as you can be, so maybe we saw it better....it was a classic short-arm dangle, desperate defence by a fearful Carter, who could not get to him low.

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posted Nov 9, 2009

Guys, it's over, move on. The Welsh teams of the 60s could soak up pressure often having only 30/40 percent possession, but they were able to play the game in the opponents half, counter attack whenever the ball came loose and they made the most of what they had. We have got to accept our deficiencies and play a game we are comfortable with. Why pick small shifty wingers if every time they get the ball they kick it back to the bigger opponents with time and space to run at them again. They have got to vary their game. They have pace and balance so go for it. Lets face it we are a far better team than we have been for years, we just have fewer players to choose from. Not often I agree with Jonathan Davies but he is right about the All Blacks having the confidence only to play good ball and kick away bad. We are getting there, give Gatland a chance or we will be choosing another coach days before the World Cup.

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posted Nov 9, 2009

Gatland is just a sad, bitter little man. Bitter about always being on the bench, and bitter about being 3rd in the queue for teh ABs coaching job (mind you, he left without even putting his name forward so maybe that tells you something too)

Anyway, he's not doing Wales' reputation any good at all. They could have expected quite a bit of support in NZ during the RWC (I still recall the '87 playoff in Rotorua!), but he's not endearing them to NZ hearts at the moment. One can only imagine the drivel he'll come out with when Wales tour next year.

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posted Nov 9, 2009

Who arranges for the All Blacks to be first up in the autumn series for Wales? Play them at the end, not the beginning-then our players will have had a chance to get up to speed. I felt it was all too predictable-A B's not needing to get out of second gear-even with new faces in team. Form players, ie Barrie Davies and Dafydd Jones either not even in squad, or not starting. Why? Hook desperately needed in midfield. Fed up with aerial ping pong this season. Decent pitch would help too...

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posted Nov 10, 2009

Gatland, you're nowhere near beating the ABs...
2 opportunities to score ( of which one interception..)while the men in black crossed your line 4 times..come on, be a sport..and those complaining about the pitch..the ABs just LOVE to run the ball on hard and fast ground..

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