Bale is tough enough for the rough stuff

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Ash­ley Wil­liams has told Wales’ World Cup ri­vals to for­get about try­ing to kick Gareth Bale out of games. Bale was sin­gled out for some rough treat­ment on Mon­day night as Wales opened their 2018 World Cup qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign with a com­fort­able 4-0 vic­tory over Moldova. The Real Madrid for­ward’s re­sponse was to score twice and move into sec­ond po­si­tion on the all-time Wales scor­ing list with 24 goals, four short of Ian Rush’s na­tional record. “Gareth is nor­mally the dif­fer­ence and we are go­ing to need him to come up with a bit of magic [to qual­ify],” said Wil­liams. “We saw a lot of tack­les in the last cam­paign, but it’s in­ter­na­tional foot­ball and we’ve got enough caps to know that’s com­ing. “We’ve got a lot of qual­ity play­ers and big names in the team and that’s go­ing to hap­pen. “But we kept our heads against Moldova and we’re more than ca­pa­ble of deal­ing with it. “We’ve got some tough boys who can deal with it.”

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