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Wales' never-say-die mentality delights Gatland

2nd February 2019, 11:12 by Chris Rivers

Warren Gatland says Wales got out of jail in their Six Nations opener in France after overcoming a 16-point deficit to win.

The Welsh looked to be heading for defeat at a rain-swept Stade de France on Friday night after a dreadful first half, Les Bleus going over through Louis Picamoles and Yoann Huget as they raced into a 16-0 half-time lead.

However, Gatland's men were unrecognisable following a shambolic first 40 minutes, Tomos Williams and George North going over after the restart, with a Dan Biggar penalty moving the visitors 17-16 ahead.

A Camille Lopez penalty restored France's lead before North picked off lock Sebastien Vahaamahina's dreadful pass to go over for the game-winning try as Wales won 24-19.

Wales have now won their last 10 Test matches, their best run under Gatland, and the 55-year-old says he was delighted by his team's ability to dig out a win in tricky circumstances.

"Our game-management was poor but we found a way to win," said Gatland. "It's nice to get out of jail.

"The message at half-time was to just raise the tempo.

"For me, the big difference between the two teams is that we've become a side that's probably forgotten how to lose and can dig deep like that.

"On the other hand, they're probably a team searching for some confidence, having not had a great run in the last seven or eight matches."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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