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Gatland happy with Pumas thrashing

16th November 2013 19:57


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Pretty happy: Warren Gatland

Wales coach Warren Gatland was understandably pleased with his side's heavy victory over Argentina in Cardiff on Saturday.

The Welsh ran out 40-6 winners, their first November Test triumph in four years, with tries from Mike Phillips, George North, Toby Faletau and Ken OWens.

"I think from a coaching point of view, we are pretty happy," said Gatland.

"We felt like there were a few chances we left behind, but apart from that, we finished things off. We started the game well, we were much better in the air and our scrum and lineout was excellent.

"We went in with the ambition of not conceding any tries, and we achieved that goal.

"We give the players a framework to work in, but that doesn't mean we want them stifled in any way to play rugby and to play what is in front of them.

"If they see opportunities to move the ball and challenge them, we want to encourage them do that.

"I thought we went out there with the ambition and intensity to put a good Championship team away."

Gatland also singled out Scarlets inside centre Scott Williams for praise.

"Sometimes it takes players a while to settle into a position," added Gatland.

"This campaign is great for Scott because he's got that chance to start.

"He had started the season well for the Scarlets, and today I thought it was an indication of well he played when Shaun (Edwards) said 'who got man of the match. Was it Scott or Toby'?

"We feel we know where we are going as a team. We feel confident as a team, building towards the World Cup, and we can see a lot more improvement too.

"It's nice to get a nice big tick. When you see things that you've worked on in the week happen on the pitch it's really positive."

Captain Sam Warburton was also pleased with proceedings, and has his sights firmly set on victory next week over Tonga.

"If we can now get two wins on the bounce it is good for momentum. Even when we were 20 or 30 points up today, the chat among the players was that it still wasn't enough. We wanted to keep pushing," said Warburton.

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