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No complaints from Gatland

No complaints from Gatland

Super sub: George North bagged a brace of tries off the bench

Wales coach Warren Gatland said he was pleased with his side’s “slick” 12-try demolition job of Namibia on Monday.

A crushing bonus-point 81-7 win over Namibia left Wales in prime position to reach the World Cup quarter-finals as runners-up in Pool D.

The Welsh ran in 12 tries to one against a Namibian side that did well to contain the half-time score to 22-0, but folded as the game went on and legs became weary after a four-day turnaround from an 87-0 mauling by the Springboks.

“We knew we had to come and get a bonus point,” said Gatland.

“We started pretty well, 22-0 up after 15 minutes, but we got a little bit complacent and thought the job was done, thought it was going to be easy.

“Fairness to Namibia, they put us under some pressure.

“We were a lot more effective in the second half. In this type of game you’ve got to be patient, it takes a bit of time, and it was pleasing the way we finished.”

In a game of 25 line-outs and 18 scrums, Gatland highlighted the breakdown and turnovers as two aspects of the game he would examine for improvement.

“Rugby’s not perfect for 80 minutes,” the Kiwi said.

“The guys coming off the bench made a really positive impact. We also managed some players like Sam Warburton and Toby Faletau.

“At the end you’ve got to be pretty pleased with the performance and really pleased with the result. We scored 12 tries, and having made 11 changes I think we looked pretty slick.”

Gatland added that certain performances off the bench and notably by hat-trick hero Scott Williams, helped turn the screw on Namibia.

“Scott Williams had a very strong game,” said Gatland.

“I was really pleased with the bench.

“There was a challenge for some of the players to get out there and give us a few headaches in terms of selection and they certainly did that.”

Wales captain Sam Warburton was also happy with the final result, although he admitted there was still plenty of work to do.

“We got the bonus point, which is what we wanted but Namibia made it very tough for us especially at the contact area,” added Warburton.

“That was disappointing for us and something that we will need to look at, the clear outs and stuff.

“Credit to the boys, though, we got 12 tries and that all important bonus point.

“I think we might have tried a bit too hard and played in the wrong areas of the field when a bit more territory would have done in the first half.

“The game broke up in the second half and the boys showed their skills.”

The result left Wales level with Samoa on 10 points and facing a game against Fiji on Sunday. The Samoans play unbeaten pool leaders South Africa.

“Next week’s quite interesting because we’ll know (if they are potentially as good as qualified for the quarter-finals) before we play Fiji,” added Gatland.

“I know you could lose to Fiji by 60 points and miss out on points difference but we could be there if South Africa do beat Samoa without them getting a bonus point.”

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