Johnno: ‘Gatland’s comments are a sign of a team under pressure’

Martin Johnson reacted today to Warren Gatland’s recent comments about Dylan Hartley, saying that it’s a clear sign of a coach and a team under pressure.

Speaking at the RBS Six Nations launch, Johnno said, “Wales haven’t had a big win for a while; they didn’t have a great autumn. He’s done it before, and it’s obvious what he’s trying to do in targeting one of the youngest guys in our pack.”

“It’s not very subtle,” he added, and that “it’s a bit premature with 10 days to go before the game. It’s not really my style to say anything back. It just gives our players ammunition, and people will remember the game not what’s said beforehand.”

Johnson went onto to say that he had no concerns over Hartley’s performance, citing the fact that he has led Northampton through the pool stages of the Heineken Cup without being defeated. “Don’t underestimate how hard that is to do,” he added.

“He’s got 20-odd caps now and is pretty experienced, captaining his club and playing well.”


9 thoughts on “Johnno: ‘Gatland’s comments are a sign of a team under pressure’

  1. i think bigbadblueben needs to be banned.

    On a lighter note, i like this banter before games.
    I hope England stuff the welsh!

  2. Another quote from Gatland today, when asked if he regrets his comments:

    “No. We needed to sell a couple of thousand extra tickets, and I’m on a bonus from the BBC. And there’s always a bit of spice about Wales v England.”

    (Spoken like a true Kiwi)

  3. Still need to be convinced by hartley.
    I think england are going to lose if we play Worsley and Haskell.

    ps Hutch – where can we get a “cool” “avatar” like yours?

  4. Wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Worsley starting at the Millennium. It felt like Johnno was paving the way for it today:

    “He didn’t get a go in the autumn, and if we pick him, we know what he can do. He’s a 50+ cap player and he’s right up there in our thoughts.”

    Jimmy –

  5. oh dear.

    i love the way Worsley is best known for tackling , especially that game against wales when he tackled Jamie roberts a few times. we lost that game btw.

    worsley is a step backwards. Dowson can tackle as well as run, pass and jump in the lineout!

    i will stop ranting.

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