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Rugby fans weren't happy with Warren Gatland's comments after Wales 34-7 Scotland

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Wales overcame a host of injury problems to thrash Scotland 34-7 at the Principality Stadium.

Leigh Halfpenny starred with two trys and 14 points with the boot as Warren Gatland's side quickly forgot they were without 10 first team players.

The New Zealander knows the Six Nations better than anybody, celebrating his 10th anniversary in charge this weekend.

Indeed, he made Gregor Townsend look like a novice, though he can't have helped but feel a little let down as his players made error after error.

Nonetheless, full credit to Wales for their scintillating display.

More than a few punters were actually backing Scotland because they looked to have improved so much over the Autumn, but hindsight is a wonderful thing and given their record in Cardiff, perhaps this was only ever going to go one way.

Even so, the tiniest bit of humility wouldn't have gone amiss from Gatland, who sounded ridiculously assured of his team in his post-match interview.

Speaking to the BBC, when he was asked if he was expecting such a comprehensive victory, he responded:

"I was actually. We've trained really well the last two weeks and I said to the players I think we'll batter them.

"And we took what we've been doing on the training pitch, and being clinical, and we went out there and produced a really good performance.

Was Gatland over-confident? 

"I'm really proud of how the guys have played, but also the way they've trained and prepared for the last couple of weeks.

"There was definitely a quiet confidence within the squad, we just kept our heads down and played pretty well."

Rugby fans were not enamoured with his comments, particularly as Wales had so many concerns ahead of the game:

Maybe it was a little presumptuous, but Clive Woodward seemed to agree that Wales' preparations had given them the edge: 

Yet, Gatland insisted his side were fearless despite their depleted squad.

"We didn't even speak about it, to me the injuries were just an excuse," he added.

"I said to the players during the week, the guys that have come in - yes, we've lost some experience - but the guys have come in, believed in themselves and their ability, they've been playing some good rugby and as I've said, they've trained exceptionally well the last couple of weeks."

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