Gatland advises Wales to play smart rugby

2019-12-02T10:41:33+02:00December 2nd, 2019|

Warren Gatland says Wales will need to get the balance right between playing and overplaying under new coach Wayne Pivac.

Wales looked set for a big win against the Barbarians in Pivac’s first game in charge when they led 33-7 after 48 minutes at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

But the invitational team fought back well to make it 40-33, with Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny having to kick a late penalty to secure the victory.

Barbarians coach Gatland, who recently concluded a 12-year stint with Wales, said his former team would have learned a lot from the game.

‘They want to play positively which is great, but I think they will learn about getting the balance right between playing and overplaying, and saying they need to be smart about how they do things,’ he added.

Gatland had 40 of his family and friends in a hospitality box on halfway, which had been provided for by the Welsh Rugby Union.

‘For a lot of my family members it was the first time they had been over here,’ the New Zealander said. ‘It was great for them to experience what for me is still the greatest rugby stadium in the world.’