Gat: Young Dragons can take Slam heat.Byline: PAUL JONES
Wales 24 Italy 3
GRAND SLAM grand slam
1. The winning of all the tricks during the play of one hand in bridge and other whist-derived card games.
2. Sports The winning of all the major or specified events, especially on a professional circuit. seeker Warren Gatland Warren David Gatland (born 17 September 1963 in Hamilton, New Zealand and educated at Hamilton Boys' High School and Waikato University) is a former All Black and the current Coach of the Waikato Air New Zealand Cup team. last night insisted his Six Nations heroes can handle the heat of a nation coming to the boil.
The Wales coach reckons his players can cope with the fuss and ballyhoo of a week of Grand Slam excitement ahead of the showdown with France.
After seeing his team make it four wins on the trot with a 24-3 victory over Italy, a delighted Gatland (right) said: "It won't be difficult for us at all. The guys have got their heads on.
"These young players are just taking things in their stride. The welcome was fantastic today from the supporters and if that doesn't raise the hackles hackles
the hairs over the neck and back that are elevated by arrector pili muscles in response to fright or anger. A mechanism to threaten opponents, perhaps by appearing larger. on the back of your neck for a Grand Slam game at the Millennium Stadium, then you shouldn't be there. The players are aware of the hype.
"But I would like to think they are in a good place and that the Welsh public are happy with them."
Victory next week would give Wales their third Grand Slam in eight seasons and Gatland's second. FULL REPORT PAGES 60&61
OVER AND OUT Jamie Roberts dives over the line to score Wales first try in their win over Italy yesterday