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Gatland happier, but still work to be done

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    11 Jun 2017     Getty Images

It came after a bruising, all penalty goals game at AMI Stadium in slippery conditions.

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But Gatland acknowledged the win, if not the quality of the performance.

"There's still lots of things for us to work on," he said at the after-match press conference.

"Before the game the most important thing was the result. We felt we have improved in each game. We knew we started off pretty rusty.

"Tonight was another step up but there is still a lot to work on," he said.

"We've felt there were some aspects of Wednesday that we improved with defence. Our defence was excellent, we got them narrow on a few occasions."

Gatland said his squad felt like a club team starting a new season.

"You know the more time on the training paddock and the more games together, the better you will get.

"The team that played tonight, I thought they were outstanding at training yesterday. They looked sharp, I knew there would be a better performance again because they have had that time together as a team."

Gatland was pleased the side coped with the loss of centre Jonathan Davies and fullback Stuart Hogg to injuries.

"There were some really strong performances by a lot of players. I thought the loose forwards were good, the lineout was excellent. This is great preparation for us, preparing to play the best team in the world," he said.

Captain for the night Alun Wyn Jones felt it was a step up from the pack but he didn't feel it could be described as a marker for the Test series.

"It was a performance borne out of respect for the pack they selected and the unbeaten run they have had. It's a case of kick on and try to improve from the last performance and we felt we've done that in part. As Gats [Gatland] said, there is still plenty to improve on," he said.