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Gat: Young Dragons can take Slam heat.


Wales 24 Italy 3

GRAND SLAM seeker Warren Gatland 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 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
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 11, 2012
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