Gatland gambles

Gatland gambles

Leaving Sam Warburton as the only recognised seven is a risk for Wales, says Scott Quinnell.

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Steve Hughes says...

i dont know what the issue is with the WARBURTON / WILLIAMS #7 shirt is about, as im sure , Martyn Williams will be watching all the action, as all welsh people will be and if Warburton got injured ( pray to god he doesnt ) i bet Martyn WIlliams allready has a bag packed ready and chances are hed be in NEW ZEALAND within 48 hrs ,so where is the problem ?

Posted 13:32 31st August 2011

Steve Hughes says...

A comment on PAUL BAMBSEYS comment , what planet are you on mate ? have you watched wales last 3 performances ? they be lucky to win a game you say , ! the top 3 have all won and lost over the tri nations tournament , wales are equal top form side with france ,going into this tournament out of the top 6 in the world ! fact !

Posted 13:21 31st August 2011

Paul Bamsey says...

I do agree with scott how can wales expect one openside to take a battering when you are playing the top three agresive sides in the contact area in the world ! And the only way to beat these sides is to win the breakdown area by putting your body on the line ? Martyn plays like a extra scrum half and he would get that ball away quicker which will play into the welsh hands .( less contact area ) and with a back line to dye for thats the way forward . I think wales will be lucky to win a game in their group ,as they will play into the hands of the enemy !!!

Posted 14:06 27th August 2011

Iwan Jones says...

Great article Scott, couldn't agree more that not taking Martyn Williams could be critical, and as much as I think he's a good player, Ryan Jones I feel is slightly lucky. As for Lee Byrne - I undertsand that he is the only specialist full-back, but with the likes of Hook, Priestland and even Halfpenny, who have all shown they can do a job at full-back, do we really need Byrne? Especially when any of the 3 I mentioned could probably do a much better job than Byrne in his current form. Hope that Wales do well this year, and with the squad we have I am hoping for at least a semi-final, and then who knows. Cymru am Byth!

Posted 19:13 23rd August 2011

Kevin Grindell says...

I actually think Wales will use Powell and not Faletau against S.Africa as gatland will opt for experience. Stephen Jones will start with Hook at 15. At the 60 min mark S.Jones will come off with Hook moving to 10 and burn coming on at 15. Gatland prefers the pairing of Roberts and Davies as they suit the game he wants to play which is built on a sound defense and power. Once Wales feel the other team is blowing they then opt for a more attacking threat to expolit the tired legs of the opposition, you saw it against England home/away & Argentina. To date Gatland has concentrated on power & Fitness for the the sole reason to enable Wales to play "Counter Punch Rugby" which would even make Floyd Maywether sit up and take notice ;) it hasnt worked since the Grand Slam but we have already seen glimpses of it against England and Argentina the difference now is the physical prescene and the overal fitness of the team. If we can concentrate more on our overall skill levels and sure up the set piece I think Wales will ease into the quaters with the confidence to take on anyone

Posted 15:38 23rd August 2011

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