Warren Gatland: Wales must be more clinical against New Zealand

By Owen RawlingsBBC Wales Sport in Wellington, New Zealand
Warren Gatland
Warren Gatland was appointed Wales coach in November 2007
New Zealand v Wales (second Test)
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington Date: Saturday, 18 June 2016 Kick-off: 08:35 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, the BBC Sport app, Connected TV, and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Wales coach Warren Gatland says his side must be better in attack in Saturday's game against world champions New Zealand in Wellington.

Wales were thrashed 40-7 by the Chiefs on Tuesday and scored just one try as the Super Rugby side ran in six.

Gatland's men, beaten 39-21 by the All Blacks in the first Test, have scored four tries in their last three games.

"We've spoken about chances that we create and being more clinical," he said.

Wales have lost 27 consecutive games against New Zealand, with their last win coming in 1953.

They are looking for a first win over the All Blacks on their own soil and play Steve Hansen's side at the Westpac Stadium on Saturday, before ending their tour against the Kiwis in Dunedin.

Wales' summer fixtures:
11 June: New Zealand 39-21 Wales (Auckland)
14 June: Chiefs 40-7 Wales (Hamilton)
18 June: New Zealand (Wellington)
25 June: New Zealand (Dunedin)

Wales wasted a handful of try-scoring chances in Hamilton on Tuesday, while the two-time Super Rugby champions were supremely clinical.

"The disappointment for us was, was there a little bit of white-line fever? There possibly was on a couple of occasions," said Gatland.

"You've just to keep being tough on the players and say at this level if you create chances you've got to finish them off and be hard on the players about that.

"Sometimes you don't get many chances to score at this level.

"Every opportunity the Chiefs created they came away with points. We hammered away in their 22 and created some chances and we've come away with nothing, and that's where we've got to improve."

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Gatland admits defence is an issue too, with Wales having conceded 16 tries in their last three matches - a run which started with the 27-13 defeat by England in May.

"For us, the big thing coming down to New Zealand is getting off our line defensively and looking to be more proactive in dominating those collisions defensively." he said.

"At the moment we are coming off second best and that's what we have to better at.

"If you win those collisions, you slow the ball down and you stop teams playing a bit more on the front foot.

"We've got to get that right, hopefully over the next few days."