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

Johnny Sexston is yellow carded by Wayne Barnes in last year's Six Nations clash with Wales. Glen Jackson will referee this year's encounter at the Aviva Satdium

WALES HEAD COACH Warren Gatland will demand that his side attack Ireland's strengths during what will be the Kiwi's 100th match in charge.

After taking up the Wales job in 2007, Gatland has overseen three Six Nations titles, two grand slams and guided the team to a World Cup semifinal in 2011, while his two series as British and Irish Lions head coach saw a series win in Australia in 2013 and the dramatic drawn series in New Zealand previous year.

With 131 Ireland caps between them, Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray are pretty much national treasures at this stage. "We have got to be physical against them up-front and stop the running power of someone like CJ Stander, and stop allowing Murray and Sexton to dominate the game".

Ireland now top the table on points difference from England after winning their opening two games against France and Italy.

Wales have won three Six Nations titles, two Grand Slams and reached a World Cup semi-final during Gatland's reign, which will come to an end after the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

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"I thought the way Wales played at home against them previous year was outstanding, the kind of model and benchmark to take to Ireland".

Both sides have beaten Italy already in the competition, while Eddie Jones' men have got the better of Wales and Ireland were victorious in France.

"There will be a few tough calls on some individuals and we look forward to having that discussion later".

"We're putting 40 minutes together here, 20 there, 60 maybe against Italy but we've got to get that consistency across the board to beat a team as good as Wales".

'But they're a quality side and we know how hard they are to beat.

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Wales team: Halfpenny (Scarlets); L Williams (Saracens), S Williams (Scarlets), Parkes (Scarlets), S Evans (Scarlets); Biggar (Ospreys), G Davies (Scarlets); R Evans (Scarlets), Owens (Scarlets), Lee (Scarlets), Hill (Dragons), AW Jones (Ospreys capt), Shingler (Scarlets), Navidi (Cardiff Blues), Moriarty (Gloucester).

Halfpenny was a late casualty for the narrow defeat to England last time out with a foot infection, but may now come back into contention.

And when asked if he thought if Joe Schmidt's side were the best in the tournament Gatland said: 'No.

George North, a second-half replacement at Twickenham, and Liam Williams are also fit to travel to Dublin.

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