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'Hopefully that try won't cost us' – Warren Gatland pleased with Italian demolition


Wales boss Warren Gatland

Wales boss Warren Gatland

Wales boss Warren Gatland

Warren Gatland insisted his Wales side had done all they could to put pressure on Ireland and England in the race to win the RBS 6 Nations title.

Wales ran riot in the Rome sunshine to beat Italy 60-21, scoring 47 unanswered second-half points before Leonardo Sarto's last-minute try trimmed the margin of victory slightly.

So Ireland started their game in Scotland needing to make 20 points up on Wales with England having to reduce a 16-point deficit against France at Twickenham.

"We'll see what happens in the next few hours and hopefully that last try hasn't cost us," Gatland told BBC Radio Wales.

"That last seven points might have made a difference but hopefully it puts Ireland and England under a little bit of pressure.

"We spoke at half-time about being accurate and we've given ourselves a shot."

Wales struggled to find any momentum in a poor first-half performance and only led 14-13 at the break with one solitary try from Jamie Roberts.

But they were a different animal in the second half with Liam Williams' try preceding an 11-minute hat-trick from George North and further scores from Rhys Webb, skipper Sam Warburton and replacement Scott Williams.

"We knew sitting in the box if we scored a couple of tries to get ahead of them we would break their spirit," Gatland said.

"It was a great second half performance and the biggest away win for Wales in the Six Nations is another milestone for these guys.

"As I said, I'm a little bit gutted about that last try but you can't question the performance, effort and commitment of the boys.

"We dug in there and 60 points is not bad.

"We've always said as a squad we get better the more time we spend together and I think we've improved as the tournament has gone on.

"We can look forward to the World Cup now and we know we're in such a tough group.

"But if we've got the players fit and available we're good enough to come out of that group and even the win the World Cup."

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