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 past year. "We've had some pretty good success not allowing Johnny too much time and space on the ball." said the Wales head coach.
"We've got to make sure we don't get caught up in that, keep our patience defensively, and make sure our discipline is good. Hopefully we can pressurise them a bit and try to get on top of them".
Gatland will be in charge of Wales for the 100th time when they play Ireland this weekend, having also coached the Irish and led two Lions tours. He's a big go-forward player for them and we must not allow Murray and Sexton to dominate the game. It's a huge credit to him and we've always got on well and had that mutual respect even before the Lions tour.
Gatland yesterday named Lions trio Dan Biggar, Liam Williams and Leigh Halfpenny in his starting XV for the clash, with George North held in reserve despite a return to fitness. You've got to keep your discipline against Ireland.
In the build-up to Saturday's game, Gatland was quizzed about whether he thinks Ireland have been the best team in the Six Nations so far. Our discipline has been excellent in the first two games - we only gave away two penalties against England.
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"Andy Farrell won't be happy with Ireland conceding 19 points against Italy". They hadn't lost a home test since 2008 or 2009, and we beat them [in Wellington]. When we have been in tough situations, he knows how to get that extra couple of per cent out of you.
"It is the first week we have had everyone in the "green" in terms of availability which is a nice luxury to have and a positive ahead of what is a very important test match against a very good Ireland side". "This weekend is about the performance and the result in a must-win game for us".
Rob Evans, Ken Owens and Samson Lee stay as the all-Scarlets front-row, with Cory Hill and Alun Wyn Jones in the second row.
Replacements: E Dee, W Jones, T Francis, B Davies, J Tipuric, A Davies, G Anscombe, G North.