Gatland talks up title hopes

05 February 2018 09:14:07 EST

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has backed his side to be in the mix for the Six Nations title if they can replicate the form they showed in their thrashing of Scotland.

The hosts dished out a 34-7 thrashing to their visitors in Cardiff on Saturday, putting them in perfect shape for their visit to Twickenham to take on two-time defending champions England next weekend.

We know we are confident in our own ability and if we deliver that we will be right in the mix.

Warren Gatland

And, while Gatland accepts that the Red Rose are much fancied to retain their crown, he has plenty of belief in his own team as well.

He told reporters: "They have won the tournament for the last two years and have got a big unbeaten record and are favourites for the title.

"We know we are confident in our own ability and if we deliver that we will be right in the mix."

Wales are currently 250/1 to win the Six Nations outright, with England 10/3 and Ireland 2/7.

Meanwhile, Gatland is relishing the opportunity to go toe-to-toe with England and their Australian coach Eddie Jones, adding: "It is a mouthwatering fixture now because I don't think people were expecting us to win as comfortably as we did against Scotland.

"It has made a few people sit up and take some notice and that's going to make next weekend even more exciting.

"We have not been afraid of going there (since I have been involved. It is a great ground and if you go there with confidence and self-belief, you hope to get something from it."

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