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It was a poor tournament for a player Warren Gatland has long admired.
Priestland’s performances in the 2011 World Cup made him the No. 1 choice for the No. 10 jersey. His form since that year has largely justified his selection over Dan Biggar, particularly due to his ability to produce such damaging runs from Jamie Roberts outside him.
But in the 2014 Six Nations, it was a close call between who should start the tournament.
The Scarlets man got the nod, but he looked woefully out of sorts. He was muted in a lacklustre team display against Italy and drowned against Ireland, providing no answer to the kicking game of Jonny Sexton.
If anything, he got worse with the boot against England, providing the dangerous Mike Brown far too many opportunities to showcase his counterattacking skills.
Biggar leapfrogged him for the final game against Scotland, and when Priestland did replace him with 20 minutes to go, he was unfairly treated by the Cardiff crowd.
Still, this was far from his finest tournament. He needs to regain his confidence before Wales’ stiff examination in South Africa this summer.