Warren Gatland in tribute to Gethin Jenkins ahead of 100th Wales cap
Warren Gatland has described Wales prop Gethin Jenkins as a 'sensational player' as he prepares to win his 100th cap.
Last Updated: 14/11/13 5:11pm
Jenkins will reach the landmark on Saturday when Gatland's men face Argentina at the Millennium Stadium, joining fellow Wales centurions Stephen Jones, Gareth Thomas and Martyn Williams.
Much has been said about Cory Allen's debut against the Pumas, and the return of Dan Biggar, but Gatland says it is Jenkins who should be taking centre stage in Cardiff and that Wales should be trying that little bit harder to win on his big day.
The Wales coach said: "He had a phenomenal game last week (against South Africa). I think he is a sensational player.
"He has dropped four or five kgs and he is looking really fit at the moment. He has been training hard.
"For me, it is a fantastic milestone for someone who has been a great servant of Welsh rugby.
"I hope we can go out there on Saturday and give a performance that reflects his contribution to Welsh rugby in that we play well and win."
Wales were beaten by the Pumas last season and Gatland says memories of that poor performance should be all the inspiration his side needs.
"The challenge on Saturday is obvious from the disappointment of last year," Gatland added. "We have been working this week in terms of some support lines and making sure that when we make a break our lines of support are a bit better than they were against South Africa.
"It is just encouraging the players to have the ability to play what is in front of them. We give them the structure, but that doesn't mean we are inhibiting them in any way.
"For me, the most exciting part of the game last week was Rhys Priestland running the ball from his own goal-line and having the vision to see that and move the ball. We want to encourage the players to do that and have that confidence to go out there and express themselves.
"We are working on the fine margins now to try to get this team to that top level. Those little one per-centers are now a huge priority for us."