sport news Warren Gatland throws down the gauntlet to Scotland ahead of clash

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A jet-lagged Warren Gatland had barely been back in Wales 24 hours before he was in full Test-match flight, laying down the gauntlet to Scotland.

The Wales head coach has had a tough week. He had to fly home to New Zealand after the death of his father, returning on Wednesday, therefore was not expected in front of the press.

But on Thursday he wanted to set the agenda for Saturday's first Under Armour Test. 

Warren Gatland had barely been back in Wales 24 hours before taking aim at Scotland

Warren Gatland had barely been back in Wales 24 hours before taking aim at Scotland

WALES TEAM TO FACE SCOTLAND 

Halfpenny; North, J Davies, Parkes, L Morgan; Anscombe, G Davies; Smith, Owens, Lewis, Hill, AW Jones (c), Lydiate, Tipuric, Moriarty (No8).

Subs: Dee, R Evans, Brown, Beard, Wainwright, T Williams, J Evans, S Evans.

With the match being played outside of the international window - therefore English-based players on both sides unavailable - it being the first autumn match between these Six Nations foes, and with furore over donations to Doddie Weir's charity this week it has had a strange feeling of a warm-up match.

Gatland was having none of that.

'It will be a proper Test on Saturday, I can guarantee that,' he said.

'We are not going out there to play festival rugby - we want to play attractive but smart and winning rugby.' He also piled pressure on rookie fly-half Adam Hastings, making his first start against a Tier One Test nation on Saturday, warning the 22-year-old son of Scottish legend Gavin to expect an onslaught.

'Hastings has had some international experience,' added Gatland, noting caps against the USA, Canada and Argentina.

'But there will be some pressure on him to play in Cardiff. We have got to put as much pressure on him as we possibly can.

'If a player is playing up at the next level of physicality and intensity that is what we need to bring to make it difficult for him.

'No doubt he is a quality player with a pretty good pedigree. I'm sure he's had plenty of advice about handling the pressure.

'I think it is going to be tough, physical encounter.' Wales stunned Scotland here in February. Gregor Townsend's side came swaggering,

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