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Last Updated: Sunday, 21 November, 2004, 16:48 GMT
Henson eyes Six Nations glory
Wales centre Gavin Henson
Gavin Henson says the narrow defeat to New Zealand has made him believe Wales can win this season's RBS Six Nations.

"When we do beat a big team, I think we will go on a run, on a bit of a winning streak. But it is just getting that first one in," said the Wales centre.

"We have got England first in the Six Nations so that will be a good one to start off with.

"It's time we started winning and we'll look to win something in the Six Nations. This team is capable of it."

Henson continued his fine form with another accomplished display at inside centre in the 25-26 defeat to the All Blacks in Cardiff on Saturday.

After a few seasons flattering to deceive, the 22-year-old looks finally to have found his feet at international level.

And his partnership with Sonny Parker at the heart of the exciting backline could prove to be the cornerstone of future Welsh success.

Such is Henson's confidence in his own ability, he had no hesitation in taking over the goalkicking duties from Stephen Jones in the second half after the usually reliable fly-half was off target three times.

Wales fly-half Stephen Jones takes on the All Blacks defence
The players were not at all made aware that the clock in the stadium was stopping
Wales fly-half Stephen Jones
Henson nailed two penalties, but his first attempt struck the upright, leaving the centre to ponder what might have been.

"We should have won," he said. "It's really annoying us now. We are a really good team. Training is going awesome and it's just so frustrating we are not winning.

"We just can't put our finger on it. We are just unlucky, a couple of missed kicks. I hit the post, if that had gone over then who knows?"

Wales' cause was not helped either by the confusion over the amount of injury time left to play at the end of an enthralling encounter.

Believing there was still five minutes to be played, Jones cleared for touch only for referee Tony Spreadbury to blow the final whistle.

"I wouldn't have kicked that ball away if I had known," said Jones.

"The players were not at all made aware that the clock in the stadium was stopping [every time the referee called time-off]."

Two weeks ago, Wales lost by two points to South Africa but never really looked like winning the game.

Against the All Blacks, however, Wales spent the majority of the game in the lead.

Henson added: "They [New Zealand] are a quality side anyway but they are not ahead of us. It could have gone either way. We should have beaten South Africa and New Zealand.

"The belief is there. England in the Six Nations - it doesn't get much bigger than that. If we keep this same group of players, things will get better."




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