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No worries for Gatland

11th August 2019, 17:27 by Jack Ogalbe

Warren Gatland says there is no reason for Wales to panic on the back of Sunday's 33-19 defeat to England.

The pair met at Twickenham in the first of a double-header as they look to build towards the World Cup but it was the Red Rose who were quickest out of the traps and had no problem setting a platform.

Despite being second best in a number of facets, Wales still scored three tries through Gareth Davies, George North and Wyn Jones.

However, they did lose fly-half Gareth Anscombe after 34 minutes to what looked to be a serious knee injury.

Despite the outcome, the Kiwi coach kept his cool after the match, insisting that his side is still very much at an experimental stage.

Gatland told Sky Sports: "It's a warm up game for the World Cup. We weren't at our best, especially in the first half - a couple of soft tries.

"Teams are trying to get some combinations together but we'll be a lot better next week.

"England went back to traditionally what they're really good at. We had a different strategy and tactics during the Six Nations and tried to play differently today.

"Any loss is disappointing but it's not competition phase. You have to take that opportunity, look at the negatives but also the positives. We will be a lot better next week."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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