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16th Mar 2019

Warren Gatland gets in inevitable roof comment after Wales humble Ireland

Patrick McCarry

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Handling errors all over the place from Ireland

Ahead of the Guinness Six Nations clash between Wales and Ireland, the IRFU formally requested for the Principality Stadium roof to be left open. Warren Gatland and Wales complained, but the decision ended up going in their favour.

While Wales’ handling – like many other aspects of their game – was solid, so many Irish players spilled the ball and got passes all wrong. Welsh pressure certainly did not help but neither did the drizzle, or Ireland’s poor form.

Gatland, as he had all championship, set the agenda in the media and the Welsh public marched to his tune – mocking Ireland for their roof decision and delighting in moments when they were sloppy in possession or struggled under the high ball.

At the final whistle, with his side having won 25-7, Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones looked to the heavens with his arms aloft. It was a motion Liam Williams delivered earlier in the game, with Wales well on top.

After Wales lifted the Six Nations trophy, and Ireland trudged off, Gatland was caught by the BBC for a quick interview. Asked about that Irish request to tournament organisers, he grinned before replying.

“I think they made a mistake by leaving the roof open.”

That got a loud cheer from the partisan crowd but Gatland and his side had earned the last laugh.

Three Grand Slams for the Kiwi during his tenure as Wales coach. Rugby’s rainmaker.