Shane Williams illuminates Ireland-Wales clash

6N: Biggar, Halfpenny, Liam Williams back for Wales

Gatland was without Leigh Halfpenny due to injury on that day but has welcomed the experienced kicker back into the fold at full-back for Saturday's clash with undefeated Ireland.

What has been an injury-plagued side is boosted by the return of Leigh Halfpenny, Liam Williams and Dan Biggar.

"We have got to be physical against them up front, stop the running power of someone like CJ Stander, and stop allowing Murray and Sexton to dominate the game".

'We've had some pretty good success not allowing Johnny too much time and space on the ball.

Wales have a good recent record against Ireland.

And their head coach, who backed his side to win the tournament at the outset, dismissed the notion that Joe Schmidt's team are the strongest in the field. "This weekend is about the performance and the result in a must-win game for us".

Ireland will go into the game leading the way after wins over France in Paris and Italy at the Aviva Stadium.

"With players we have got I think we are more than capable of doing that".

The Irish won 56-19 in Dublin against the Azzurri but Gatland was right, as Ireland's defence coach Farrell admitted he was "fuming" yesterday.

"We know it's a massive, must-win game against a team that are hard to get the ball off".

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WALES XV: Halfpenny; L Williams, S Williams, Parkes, S Evans; Biggar, G Davies; R Evans, Owens, Lee, Hill, AW Jones, Shingler, Moriarty (NO.8), Navidi.

"We are targeting a bonus-point win this weekend against Ireland so hopefully we can score some tries and come away with a good win".

Replacement: Elliot Dee, Wyn Jones, Tomas Francis, Bradley Davies, Justin Tipuric, Aled Davies, Gareth Anscombe, George North.

"We know plenty about them".

'It was probably the difference between the two sides in terms of their aerial dominance.

"We have been pleased with the depth we have developed in the back-three and pleased with how those players have gone but having the experience of Dan, Liam and Leigh coming back in is hugely important".

George North came off the bench against England and looked in good shape while Liam Williams is back playing and impressing for Saracens.

"It is the first time in a while we have had a lot of boys back", Davies said.

"It was a tough game for Patchell last week, having Eddie Jones say that - the whole of Wales make a massive hoo-hah about it, and the next thing you know you're playing against England and you're thinking 'Oh my god - I remember Eddie Jones saying that this was going to happen.' It does play a part, and Patchell didn't have his best game. He'll learn from his experiences last week".

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