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‘Dream’ to be completed as Wales hunt Gatland’s record Grand Slam

Wales’ fly-half Gareth Anscombe (L) is tackled by Scotland’s Byron McGuigan during the Six Nations international rugby union match at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh on Saturday. – AFP
Wales’ fly-half Gareth Anscombe (L) is tackled by Scotland’s Byron McGuigan during the Six Nations international rugby union match at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh on Saturday. – AFP

EDINBURGH, Sunday: Wales coach Warren Gatland has urged his players to seize the “dream” opportunity of clinching a Grand Slam at home to Ireland in Cardiff next Saturday.

Gatland himself stands to secure a place in history in his final Six Nations match as Wales coach after his side showed what he hailed as “great character” for overcoming a week of political turmoil in Welsh rugby to beat a spirited Scotland team 18-11 at Murrayfield.

The New Zealander will become the first coach to achieve a hat-trick of Grand Slams if his squad – most of whom were affected by the on-off proposed merger between the Ospreys and the Scarlets – can extend their record winning run to 14 matches with a victory against the reigning champions at the Principality Stadium.

“It’s a dream that we can fulfil and do something pretty special as a group of players,” said Gatland, whose 12-year tenure will come to an end after the World Cup in Japan.

“You break records and do things that no one can ever take away from you. When you get those opportunities, you’ve got to grasp them with both hands.

“You’ve got to go out there and not have any regrets and I have no doubt that this group of players will not have any regrets next week.” Wales’ last defeat dates back to 24 February last year, when they were beaten 37-27 by an Ireland side that went on to complete a Grand Slam.

“England will think they’ve still got a chance of winning. Ireland will think the same as well,” Gatland said. “We want to win this championship and the only way we can do that now is by getting the Grand Slam. If we do that, I promise you there will be some pretty serious celebrations afterwards,” he added. – AFP 


 

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