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Gatland rocket to push on Wales

Wales v Scotland, Millennium Stadium,

Tomorrow, (Live RTE2 /BBC1, KO 2.0)

Say what you like about Wales coach Warren Gatland but his refreshingly honest assessment of Alun-Wyn Jones's "stupid" kick on England hooker Dylan Hartley -- which cost Wales 17 points and, ultimately, a win at Twickenham -- was a moment of honesty, writes Des Berry.

The cat-and-mouse games played by coaches can be dull beyond belief. The Kiwi, however, is not a sheep. He is a man of opinions and unafraid to share them with the media.

At times, it can backfire on him, as it did for the Grand Slam deciding match in Cardiff last year.

Overall, he does not believe in sheltering grown men from the realities and responsibilities of international rugby.

Gatland has brought in Leigh Halfpenny and Jonathan Thomas. His players will surely respond in the right fashion, even though Scotland showed definite signs of improvement on day one against France. They made the line breaks without finding the support runners to finish off the tries at Murrayfield.

Coach Andy Robinson will also be able to summon their destructive scrummager Euan Murray from his religious objections to playing on Sundays as one of three changes on the day of Chris Paterson's 100th cap. This could be quite a tight affair.

Verdict: Wales

Wales: L Byrne; L Halfpenny, J Hook J Roberts, S Williams; S Jones, G Cooper; P James, G Williams, A Jones, J Thomas, A-W Jones, A Powell, M Williams, R Jones, (capt).

Scotland: C Paterson; T Evans, S Lamont, G Morrison, R Lamont; D Parks, C Cusiter (capt); A Dickinson, R Ford, E Murray, J Hamilton, A Kellock, K Brown, J Barclay, J Beattie.


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