Welsh hooker Ken Owens says coach Warren Gatland gets a raw deal

Wales hooker Ken Owens says Warren Gatland doesn't get the credit he deserves

But Wales boss Gatland, who this week becomes only the second coach after New Zealand World Cup victor Graham Henry to clock up 100 Tests for one country, knows that keeping them quiet will be key to victory hopes in Dublin.

Having settled on the Irish pairing for the second and third Tests in New Zealand against the All Blacks - which yielded one win and one draw - Warren Gatland's respect for the threat posed by the pair is manifest, and on Tuesday he made no secret of Wales' need to shut them down.

When asked how he plans to stop the pair, Gatland says there is only one way to ensure that the dynamic duo have a quiet afternoon in Dublin.

"We had a good discussion about the back three and whether to play Dan at 10", said Gatland, who on Saturday will take charge of Wales for the 100th time, 20 years to the day since he was appointed the head coach of Ireland.

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"We have got to put Conor and his kicking game under pressure. Ireland ground out a win away against France and that game showed us you have to keep your discipline against Ireland and I feel our discipline over the first two games has been excellent", the 54-year-old said. "We have got to be physical against them up front and stop the running power of someone like CJ Stander, who's a big go-forward player". If we can do that, we have got a chance. "Ireland have got an excellent kicking game and their half-back combination is one of the best in world rugby".

And fellow winger Liam Williams was also on the scoreboard for his English club as he proved his fitness after groin and abdominal injuries with a fine solo try for Saracens as they won at Sale on Friday.

The Ireland team is expected to be named on Thursday afternoon.

"We know plenty about them". You've got to keep your discipline against Ireland.

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"Andy Farrell (Ireland defence coach) won't be happy with Ireland conceding 19 points against Italy". It is a headache for the coaches I am sure but is a good thing for us. The way Ireland defend, they're pretty narrow and they're hard to break down.

Wales-bound former Scarlet George North, who came off the bench in the 12-6 defeat by England at Twickenham having recovered from a knee injury, scored a try as Northampton beat London Irish on Saturday. "This weekend is about the performance and the result in a must-win game for us".

Providing a boost to that end is the return of Liam Williams, Leigh Halfpenny and Dan Biggar to the back-line.

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