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Gatland lauds 'amazing' win

Head coach Warren Gatland described Wales's 31-24 victory over Scotland as "one of the most amazing games I've ever been involved in."

The Welsh came from 10 points down in the last four minutes, scoring two converted tries and a penalty.

"The Scots will be hugely disappointed, but what a great advert for the game," said a relieved Gatland.

"We tried to play a lot of rugby and they came to play too. Defensively it was one of our worst games for a while and like last week (the loss to England) we started slowly, but the guys worked hard and I think their two yellow cards were fair in the end - the referee had given them enough warnings."

Captain Ryan Jones had the chance to settle for a draw as the game went into added time, but went for the win and Shane Williams' try gave them it.

He said: "Decisions like that you live and die by. It's a huge relief when it pays off, but any more like that and I will be as grey as Warren."

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson blamed "10 minutes of sheer madness" for their second defeat in the RBS Six Nations. But he was also full of praise for the way his side had played in building a 24-14 lead entering the final four minutes.

"I don't think I have ever felt like this in any game I've ever been involved in," said the former England coach. "It's mixed emotions. I think the Scottish players did their country proud and I thought tactically we were very smart in the way we took the game to Wales for 70 minutes.

"It was pretty frantic - very frantic - and we lost our shape a little bit. Apart from 10 minutes of sheer madness I think we would have gone on to win the game.

"In the dressing room there are some distraught and hurting players, but they can take great heart from this. International rugby is a ruthless business and allowing Wales to play cost us."


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