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Here’s every word Wales boss Warren Gatland had to say after Wales’ 19-10 defeat to Ireland in Dublin.

What’s the latest on Rhys Patchell?

Warren Gatland: Just a HIA. He’ll be assessed over the next few days.

He seemed ok in the changing room. He’ll be fine for that (his place in the squad).

Thoughts on the match?

WG: I was pleased with how we played in the first-half. We were really positive with how we played.

We spoke about keeping our discipline and then gave away 10 penalties to one in the second-half. You’re going to struggle with that.

Ireland did what they are traditionally good at. I think about 85 per cent  of that second-half was just off nine, off nine, off nine. Bundee Aki was effective in gainline stuff.

In the past, when we’ve been successful against Ireland, it’s about making sure that when they play that way, you have to be a bit more collision dominant in that area and disciplined. Those were two areas that I was a bit disappointed with.

I was pleased with our scrum and lineout. That was good. I was pleased with how positive we were.

We just didn’t have enough territory in the second-half.

Are you pleased with how the four warm-ups have gone?

WG: It’s been good. We’ve tried to go out there and be positive in the way we play.

I’m generally pretty pleased. We didn’t really want to get into a fight today, that sort of game.

Ireland have given Georgia a template of how to play against us. It’s difficult to stop a team like that, when they’re good at the breakdown and have got collision dominance.

They were effective at it in the second-half. They went to the air well. They choked us to death.

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How concerned are you by the result?

WG: Not at all, really. That’s what these games are all about. We tried some things, some different combinations, different players.

The turnover rate was disappointing, but we showed some great character at the end of the game. We conceded three tries which is disappointing but we didn’t concede at the end with 14 men.

We could have easily folded with that level of territory and possession. Teams have capitulated with that amount of pressure. We didn’t do that.

We didn’t have enough ball in that second-half. We were pleased at half-time about discipline.

A dejected George North of Wales

We got back into the game well after Jonathan Davies had got a bit narrow for Kearney’s try. He’ll be disappointed about that.

After speaking about discipline, I felt there were a few times where we were pulled up for high tackles and Ireland had been high too. The referees had missed those but that happens in games.

Now the competition starts and that’s when we’ll step up and be good at that.

There’s probably a little bit of guys making sure they got on the plane too.

Have you been keeping your cards close to your chest in these games?

WG: You hold a little bit back and you work on a few things. That’s important.

These are warm-up games, not a Six Nations game where it matters about winning and you care about territory. Your kicking structures are more implemented.

We’ve got these under our belts. Tried some combinations. Four or five players got their first start for us today and we were pleased with the start, just need to build on the second-half. 

Do you have to be careful with Patchell given his recent history of concussion?

WG: We’ll talk to the medics about that and see how he feels over the next few days.

Any concerns as there’s only two fly-halves in the squad?

WG: Like I say, we’ll see how he comes out of the next couple of days.

What are your thoughts on Georgia – your first opponents in the World Cup?

WG: They’ll be tough up front. They’re big, physical men. Strong scrum. We haven’t had a look yet, but we’ll look at the two Scotland games and see how they play.

But, like I said, everyone is working on things so it’s only in the tournament we’ll see some proper Test match stuff.

What did you make of Ireland’s attack today?

WG: It’s been effective for them. When they play that way and we’ve had success, you have to come in hard at their one-off runners and keep your discipline.

Otherwise, they’ll just play phase after phase after phase, get a penalty chance, kick the ball downfield and try and squeeze you in your 22.

When we’ve been effective and won matches, it’s because we’ve been disciplined and stopped that collision dominance off nine. We feel they were good in that area but they didn’t play any expansive rugby that troubled us.

When they play that way, they’re hard to stop. We didn’t get any breakdown turnovers. You need to get turnovers and we were unlucky in that area. But I thought the lineout functioned exceptionally well.

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It was probably a big moment where Leigh Halfpenny marked the ball and kept the kick infield rather than touch. We could have put some pressure on their lineout but instead they got possession and benefited from it. A few things for us to learn from today.

Elliot Dee and Wyn Jones scrummaged well today. Tomos Williams did well. Unfortunately, Rhys didn’t get much of a game.

But Dan came on and played pretty well. He hasn’t had much rugby but was defensively strong.

Given his recent history, does Patchell deserves some luck?

WG: Yeah he does.

He’s gone a little bit low where he’s probably got that knock. The ironic thing with World Rugby is they’re keeping the tackles down, but most concussions come from the tackler going low and hitting knees and hips.

It’s one aspect we need to continue to work on for the defensive player as well.

What’s the latest on Cory Hill?

He’s stayed back in Wales and is doing all his oxygen chamber stuff this week in Swansea.

He’s pretty pleased with the progress he’s made.

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