Wales' never-say-die mentality delights Gatland
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."
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.