Saturday, October 23, 1999 Published at 18:21 GMT 19:21 UK
Henry proud of '100%' Wales
Welsh players applaud the capacity crowd
Wales coach Graham Henry has paid tribute to his players and the Australian side that beat them in their World Cup quarter-final on Saturday.
But the Wallabies were in less conciliatory mood, with coach Rod MacQueen labelling Welsh tactics "boring" and centre Tim Horan criticising conditions at the Millennium Stadium.
Speaking after the match, Henry said: "I am very proud of the guys. I hope the Welsh crowd realise that the boys representing them have given 100% today.
"We were hoping for miracles, but the Australians were too quick, too skilful and too streetwise...They were the better side."
"You may only get one chance against a side like Australia and you have to take it. We didn't."
He added that the controversial try by Wallaby scrum-half George Gregan had given Australia a "flattering" scoreline.
Welsh captain Rob Howley said his players were "absolutely devastated" by the loss.
"They are very down. At half-time when we were 10-9 behind, we honestly felt this could be the day for Welsh rugby," he said.
"The players have given their all to me and the team management and you could not ask for anything more of them."
He congratulated the Australians, describing them as "an awesome side".
Spoiled by the weather
Wallaby coach Rod MacQueen was less magnanimous towards the opposition, saying that Australia's style of play was stifled by Welsh infringements.
"The ball was being slowed down, players were allowed to come in from the side and we cannot recycle the ball like that.
"If that is the way the game is going it will be boring for a lot of people and very frustrating for the players.
"You just go back to the set-play kicking style of game which is what we had to do at the start of the second half."
And Australian centre Horan asked why the much-publicised sliding roof at the Millennium Stadium was not used to limit the effects of heavy rain on the match.
"It's a bit like having a Ferrari in the garage, but then going out to catch a bus.
"The weather spoiled the game when there was a great atmosphere and a great occasion."
He added that the Wallabies would have to make a lot of improvements before the semi-finals.
But Australian skipper John Eales praised his team: "Our defence held up and our composure was great.
"The Welsh side were pumped up today and we knew we had to perform to the best of our ability to win the game."