Gatland proud of history

Welsh coach delighted with historic victory at Twickenham

Last Updated: 25/02/12 8:24pm

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Warren Gatland: Happy with historic victory

Warren Gatland: Happy with historic victory

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Wales coach Warren Gatland praised the "composure and character" of his side after they clinched the Triple Crown and made history at Twickenham.

Scott Williams scored the dramatic winning try in Wales' 19-12 victory against England after an exciting and dramatic RBS Six Nations encounter, as Wales made history by winning the Triple Crown at Twickenham for the first time.

Gatland said: "I said to the players before the game they had a chance to create history. They've done that and I'm delighted.

"It was a great Test match. England's defence was excellent. Maybe the occasion got to some of our younger players, Leigh Halfpenny missing his first kick and maybe Rhys Priestland did not have his best game but he came through that.

"We showed signs of great composure and character, that's a sign of a team which will get better in time."

Proud

England coach Stuart Lancaster was proud of his players who had shown far more attacking intent than in previous games and made it such an enjoyable match.

"We are very disappointed to lose but proud of the players and the effort they put in," he said. "It was a great Test match and all credit to Wales. Both sides gave it 100 per cent.

"We did improve. The intensity and the pressure of the situation and the inexperience in the squad were all things to test us but we played with credit and did the rose proud.

"There are lots of lessons we can learn but games at this level are going to be won by very fine margins. It's up to us to learn those lessons and move on and that's part of team development.

"We've been together for less than four weeks and I think we should take credit for how the players have worked."

Late drama

England might have snatched a draw in the closing seconds when wing David Strettle went over in the corner with several Welsh players clinging to him but the decision went to video official Iain Ramage and he ruled the touchdown was inconclusive.

Lancaster said: "It was far away from us. I stopped looking because it was not my decision.

"I couldn't control it. But the decision was made and games are lost not on one decision but on lots of things that happen in the course of the game. I don't want to dwell too much on that decision."

Gatland said: "If it had been awarded a try we wouldn't have complained. Toby (Flood) would still have had to kick a conversion to tie the game."

The one sour note for Wales was an injury to centre Jamie Roberts who damaged medial ligaments and will be out of action for two weeks.

Gatland, however, was pleased with the way Wales dealt with the sin-binning of fly-half Priestland, who was yellow-carded for an offside tackle in the second half.

Gatland said: "We played better with 14 men than 15. We were guilty of trying to move ball in first half without having earned that right. Keeping the ball in that 10 minutes was the turning point of the match."

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