Wales will be ‘a different beast’

Date published: November 8 2014

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Wales head coach Warren Gatland has said that his team will be ‘a different beast’ when they meet Australia at the World Cup.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has said that his team will be ‘a different beast’ when they meet Australia at the World Cup.

The run of wins for the Wallabies over Wales continued on Saturday in a high-scoring 33-28 victory.

“When we face them in the World Cup we think it’s going to be a different beast, a different animal is going to be facing them in that pool game,” said Gatland.

“We said our time together will be a big upward curve and we will continue to get better.

“The frustrating thing about being an international coach is you don’t get that time together, but having that four-five month period from May-June to October means you can get that in-depth coaching and conditioning into the players.

“The players will be clear about things, that’s important and something to be excited about.”

Gatland was pleased with how his team performed despite falling to another loss.

“We were pretty restricted to what we could do in the last few weeks so I think that performance ticked a lot of boxes,” Gatland said.

“We matched their intensity and tempo and we’ll only get better and stronger when we have that preparation time.

“We’ll see a big upward curve in this team as a group and as individuals going into the World Cup and the question is, how much upside has Australia got?

“I said before, if we were in a different group in the World Cup our focus would be a little bit different but out focus in on making sure we qualify out of that group.”

Scoring four tries against one of the world’s top teams was a major difference for Wales compared to their previous outings.

“We haven’t done that for a while against one of these big teams and we looked comfortable on the ball,” stated Gatland.

“Australia are hard to break down and keep the ball well themselves but our ball retention will get better.

“The pleasing thing is we’ve encouraged a bit more risk-taking and off-loading and our decision-making got behind them a couple of times.

“I’m not happy with the result but I’m happy with the performance and there’s something to build on.”

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