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6N: Gatland expected Wales to win by 20

04 February 2018

Wales were well on top and it took smart work from Scotland's Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg to prevent any further damage in the opening quarter.

He was in fantastic form going on that tour and the accolades he picked up during last year's Six Nations were absolutely deserved.

"No team has won three Six Nations tournaments".

By the time New Zealand travelled to Cardiff for a capacity occasion a fortnight later Welsh rugby supporters had responded to Principality Stadium pleas in enough numbers to ensure no one missed a pass, kick or tackle, with all fans seated in time for the famous pre-game Haka from the visitors.

Ireland too have injury problems, with the experienced Sean O'Brien and Jared Payne both sidelined at the moment.

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Wales finished above only Italy in last year's championship but expertly marshalled the final 30 minutes and will be full of confidence when they travel to back-to-back champions England next Saturday. It showed the desperation that mingled with frustration for a side that was enduring their familiar homesickness in the Six Nations.

"You have to play worldwide rugby and we have an opportunity now over the next four years to develop players".

Scotland settled and drew the majority of possession but kept dropping passes or conceding penalties and didn't stress the Wales defence until the very end.

Wales: L Halfpenny; J Adams, S Williams, H Parkes, S Evans; R Patchell, G Davies; R Evans, K Owens, S Lee; C Hill, AW Jones (captain); A Shingler, J Navidi, R Moriarty.

On the challenge of facing Scotland, who have underachieved in recent seasons, head coach Phillips added: "We lost to Scotland last season and they're better than what people think they are".

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It was no more than Wales deserved, such was their vibrancy and desire to collect their first win of the tournament in front of a raucous home crowd in Cardiff.

However, there was also controversy over two replacements made by the home side.

If you think that France could be in with a chance of winning the Six Nations then make sure you shop around for the best odds, for being one of the outsiders you will often find many different betting sites are offering some rather large odds on France being crowned the winners, and now the very best odds I have found on offer are 20/1! "While it's good that you can have that sort of confidence as a team that you can play well, by and large, come the start of the game tomorrow it's irrelevant", Best told reporters.

Wales Women believe their fresh faces can give them a free-flowing start to their Six Nations bid.

With young new half-backs, Vrimi Vakatawa out wide, and the canon-ball of a prop Dany Priso, there is plenty to get excited about under new coach Jacques Brunel. There are however too many question marks over the France side, with 19-year-old Bordeaux fly-half Matthieu Jalibert handed his debut in a big gamble, to fancy them.

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