Wednesday 29 March 2017

Peter Bills: Three words of warning from Gatland

Peter Bills

Pace, tempo, intensity... Those three words kept buzzing around my head this week, and they ought to have filled the mind of every northern hemisphere rugby player and critic.

They were spoken by Welsh coach Warren Gatland -- a New Zealander, of course -- and they were directed at his own players after their 42-9 hammering by the All Blacks in Dunedin last weekend.

Gatland understands rugby in the southern hemisphere intrinsically. He was brought up in that harshest of proving grounds, New Zealand, and once you have come through that system, you never forget the lessons you have learned.

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