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Gatland Proud Of Wales Winning Mentality

Gatland Proud Of Wales Winning Mentality

Wales coach Warren Gatland says his team have forgotten how to lose after coming from 16 points down to beat France in the Six Nations.

The Welsh looked to be heading for defeat at a rain-swept Stade de France on Friday night after a dreadful first half, Les Bleus going over through Louis Picamoles and Yoann Huget as they raced into a 16-0 half-time lead.

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However, Gatland’s men were unrecognisable following a shambolic first 40 minutes, Tomos Williams and George North going over after the restart, with a Dan Biggar penalty moving the visitors 17-16 ahead.

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A Camille Lopez penalty restored France’s lead before North picked off lock Sebastien Vahaamahina’s dreadful pass to go over for the game-winning try as Wales won 24-19.

Wales have now won their last 10 Test matches, their best run under Gatland, and the 55-year-old says he was delighted by his team’s ability to dig out a win in tricky circumstances.

“Our game-management was poor but we found a way to win,” said Gatland. “It’s nice to get out of jail. “The message at half-time was to just raise the tempo.

“For me, the big difference between the two teams is that we’ve become a side that’s probably forgotten how to lose and can dig deep like that. “On the other hand, they’re probably a team searching for some confidence, having not had a great run in the last seven or eight matches.”

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