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WRU have been out bid for Ross Moriarty - Gatland

By Ian Cameron
Wales's Ross Moriarty

Wales headcoach Warren Gatland has revealed that the WRU’s Dual National Contract bid for Ross Moriarty has been bested – currently at least – by another bidder.

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His comments suggest that the favorites to land the backrow’s signature – the WRU owned Dragons – may not be the final destination for Moriarty.

Commenting at the Wales team announcement on the bidding war, Gatland said: “With Ross Moriarty, I haven’t spoken to him.

“I can guarantee you there has been no influence from the Union.

“We made him an offer of a national dual contract that we felt was a reasonable figure, someone else has come in prepared to pay more money from their personal point of view.

“All the regions are on a salary cap, they can’t go over that salary cap, there has been no influence from the union in terms of a decision.”

A source has told RugbyPass that the Newport based Dragons have not – as of yet – signed the 23-year-old.

RugbyPass also understands that the Moriarty – who was born in St Helens – has turned down at least one offer from Pro14 Champions the Scarlets, but that the Cardiff Blues are still very much interested in his signature.

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Moriarty further distanced himself from current club Gloucester, tweeting: “I don’t recall in my last contract for Gloucester that I was supposed to go and ask for a new one”.

That tweet has since been deleted.

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William 3 hours ago
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Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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