Scotland v Wales, Six Nations 2019

Mike Blair is looking for Scotland's game to come together

Mike Blair is looking for Scotland's game to come together

Wales maintained their winning momentum as they went on to beat Scotland 11-18 in the fourth round of the ongoing Six Nations at BT Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday.

But they lost full-back Liam Wiliams with an arm injury that could make him a major doubt to face Ireland, as Scotland threatened a famous victory through wing Darcy Graham's second-half try and two Finn Russell penalties.

"It's St. Patrick's Day next week so the Irish will be chomping at the bit".

"It's just a stinger and he's come through, it's nothing serious", Gatland said.

"The competition is still open with England and Ireland thinking they will be in with a chance if we get knocked over".

But despite that relative failing - not to mention the fact that Scotland have now lost three Six Nations games in a row after their opening-day win over Italy - the head coach insisted his team could go down to Twickenham next week and win for the first time since 1983.

For Wales, well their lineout still needs working on and there will be questions about how they could not get their hands on the ball in the second half.

"I am sure the players won't have any regrets next week".

"These guys are finding ways to dig deep and in the past under that sort of pressure I am not sure they would have had the mental strength to keep them out".

Wales had to show similar fortitude on the pitch on Saturday, weathering a sustained Scotland comeback in the second half that at one point looked like it might end the visitors' dreams of a first grand slam since 2012.

Darcy Graham's try was the highlight against Wales
Darcy Graham’s try was the highlight against Wales

"Where they are at the moment means it would be a huge win for us", he continued.

"These guys have got the trust and belief in the team-mates to fulfil their own roles and that's incredibly important at the highest level".

It does seem slightly odd that the same referee should get a fixture two years in succession, but in any case Scotland are looking more at a game involving a Welsh referee last year - the Calcutta Cup game refereed by Nigel Owens - as an example of what they can do.

He said: "This is a fantastic group of men that are pretty tight".

"We have had to back that up on Thursday and Friday and tidy some stuff up".

"We threw everything we could at them and it was so frustrating not to get over the line".

Gatland also spoke on the other rugby controversy of the week, which has included World Rugby outlining radical proposals to the global game that could include condensing the Six Nations to five weeks from seven.

"We have high expectations of ourselves".

"You need that respite period in the middle to recover".

Wales: 15 Williams (7), 14 North (6), 13 J Davies (8), 12 Parkes (9), 11 Adams (7), 10 Anscombe (6), 9 G Davies (6); 1 Evans (7), 2 Owens (8), 3 Francis (7), 4 Beard (7), 5 AW Jones (8), 6 Navidi (7), 7 Tipuric (7), 8 Moriarty (7).

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