Six Nations 2018: Warren Gatland warns Wales of these two Ireland stars

Oscar Cross
February 22, 2018

Wales will have to attack Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray if they have any hope of beating Ireland this weekend, according to head coach Warren Gatland.

Speaking after training at Carton House on Monday, Peter O'Mahony, who was one of a number of Irish players to team up with Welsh stars under Warren Gatland in the 2017 Lions Tour, said he knows what to expect from the visitors - Watch and read his views below.

Wales need to win to stay in the hunt for the title having picked up a try bonus-point in their big win over Scotland in Cardiff and a losing bonus-point in their narrow 12-6 defeat against England at Twickenham.

"Everybody has been given the green light and we've got a few boys who are happy they scored at the weekend", Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde told WRU TV.

"We've got to make sure we don't get caught up in that, keep our patience defensively, and make sure our discipline is good".

Gareth Davies says Wales are confident they can secure a bonus-point win against Ireland on Saturday after the return of some of their key players. It's a huge credit to him and we've always got on well and had that mutual respect even before the Lions tour.

Saracens wing Liam Williams and fellow European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-finalist Leigh Halfpenny both return to the Wales team for their Six Nations Championship match against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. We have to be prepared to be pretty physical against them.

Wales are unbeaten against Ireland in their previous three Six Nations encounters.

While Gatland happily hailed the Ireland and Lions half-back pairing, he was much more measured when asked if Ireland ought to be rated as the best team in the Championship. Our discipline has been excellent in the first two games - we only gave away two penalties against England.

"There's a real element of familiarity amongst the two sides as well which obviously contributes to them knowing us a bit better and the fact that we seem to play each other a lot as clubs and country every year too". Two or three of Ireland's tries against Italy were from turnover situations and an interception. He's done well and we know how good he is in the air defensively and on attack.

"There will be a few tough calls on some individuals and we look forward to having that discussion later".

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