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Saturday 3 December 2016

Wales

Published 20/02/2011 | 05:00

Warren Gatland spent much of the time in Edinburgh last weekend wondering when Scotland would have their purple patch and if his team could come through it successfully. By the time 22 minutes had passed, Wales were 16-0 ahead and he was past caring. At times Wales' defence looked more like the 2008 version when they conceded only two tries in their Grand Slam campaign.

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They should improve from here and both Leigh Halfpenny -- whom Gatland might consider at fullback instead of the headless Lee Byrne -- and George North will be back in time for the Ireland game. Just as well Paul James has scrummaged well for them because there will be no front row forwards coming back from injury.

Their star by a distance has been Sam Warburton, who has been playing senior club (their equivalent of AIL) since he was 17. His sheer physicality at openside has set him aside so far. They'll hardly mess up in Rome.

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