Warren Gatland hoping ‘dream’ Welsh finish


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Warren Gatland says Wales ‘have a dream’ after they set up a potential Grand Slam by defeating Scotland 18-11 at Murrayfield on Saturday.

The Welsh will welcome Ireland to Cardiff on Saturday afternoon, knowing victory would hand their long-standing Kiwi coach his third Grand Slam in what is his final Six Nations campaign at the helm.

Should Wales fail to extend the 13-Test winning sequence by taking care of Joe Schmidt’s men, England are waiting in the wings to grab the championship.

Eddie Jones’ men dismantled Italy 57-14 at Twickenham on Saturday and will be expected to seal another bonus-point win in their Calcutta Cup dust down with the Scots in London next week.

It means Wales have no margin for error, though Gatland suggests they might come on having dodged a bullet in Edinburgh.

Josh Adams and Jonathan Davies scored first-half tries in Edinburgh as Wales took control of the game.

Darcy Graham scored on his first start and, despite a depleted side, Gregor Townsend’s men threatened to cause an upset as they piled late pressure on the Welsh try line before Gareth Anscombe’s penalty made the game safe.

“We have got a dream at the moment and we will start planning for next week,” said Gatland.

“We made a few errors and our line speed wasn’t good in areas but it got better. It has been a tough week for the boys mentally but they dug deep and showed some character.

“This group have forgotten how to lose and hopefully that continues next week.”

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