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Thursday, October 14, 1999 Published at 22:10 GMT 23:10 UK

Jenkins: One of those days

Samoa celebrate a victory they say is even better than 1991

Wales' world record breaker Neil Jenkins would have traded the points which took him past Michael Lynagh's all-time best for a victory over the Samoans.

"If we had won the game, and I had not scored a point, then I would have been delighted," he said.

Jenkins broke Lynagh's record on Thursday with his second kick at goal, after equalling it last weekend.

Welsh kicker Neil Jenkins: "We gave four tries away"
"I am very down," he admitted.

"When the first kick I had hit the post, I thought here we go, it is going to be one of those days, which is something that can happen when you are a goal-kicker.

"When you concede 28 points from your mistakes, then you cannot hope not to be punished.

"Samoa did superbly, but I think the Wales squad is good enough to recover from this setback."


Wales prop Peter Rodgers remained more upbeat but admitted there was some work to be done by the Welsh team.

[ image: Two young Welsh fans look on in agony]
Two young Welsh fans look on in agony
"There is a lot of hurt in the dressing room, but we can turn this around. I feel shocked at the moment, but Samoa took their opportunities superbly, especially from our mistakes.

"Clearly, we have to cut out the errors, and we are going back to the hotel now for a recovery session and we will be training tomorrow".

Wales coach Graham Henry felt that there was no need to worry too much about the defeat.

"Our Test team has done well of late and I don't think there's any need to panic," said Henry.

"I guess there's been panic in the past but you have to give credit to the boys. They've put together 10 Test wins in a row and there's no need to panic.

"I don't think the result will do us any harm, quite frankly. We hadn't lost for 10 games and it had to come.

"You learn from losing and I think the team will learn a huge amount from that experience.

"Hopefully we can continue to stay here in Cardiff but that's in the lap of the gods now."

Samoans: Better than 1991

Samoan coach Bryan Williams was adamant that his side's 38-31 victory was a greater achievement than the 16-13 win back in the 1991 World Cup.

"It was more against the odds this time," said Williams.

"Wales were in a bit of disarray back then but this Wales team have been beating everyone. We weren't underdogs, we were below that.

"It was a wonderful effort. We had to regroup very quickly after Sunday and we used the time well."

Samoan fly-half Stephen Bachop believed that the Welsh were outwitted.

"I thought we got a fair share of ball, we played pretty well," said Bachop.

We were able to mix up our options and they didn't know what we were going to do next."

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