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Warren Gatland Reckons That Ireland’s Grand Slam Triumph Was “A Bit Lucky”

Wales secured second place in this year’s Six Nations championship after securing a narrow 14-13 victory over France at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.

It’s not a game which will live long in the memory and there were only three points scored in the second-half, a 49th-minute penalty from Maxime Machenaud.

The result means that Wales finish runners-up and they will no doubt look back at games against Ireland and England with some regret considering they came close to winning both of those games.

Warren Gatland who spoke to the media after that win in Cardiff said that Ireland deserved their Grand Slam but also thinks that they were a bit lucky as well.

“Congratulations to Ireland on the Grand Slam, it’s fantastic, they deserve that,” Gatland said.

“But they will know that they were a little bit lucky as well. You need a little bit of luck and first game the drop goal from Johnny Sexton completely changes everything.

“Also, if we don’t throw an intercept in the last minute in Dublin and the ball goes to hand it changes our fortunes as well.

“I think that’s a massive positive for the NatWest 6 Nations and the countries competing. In fairness, you had to feel sorry for Italy as they could have easily won as well.

“We’ve got to be very positive about this competition, we’ve got to talk it up say how good it is because I think it’s been a very competitive year and there’s been some great rugby.”

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email [email protected] or on Twitter