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Last Updated: Friday, 26 November, 2004, 21:56 GMT
Charvis toasts Wales' team spirit
Colin Charvis
The team spirit in the camp has just built since the World Cup
Wales captain Colin Charvis
Wales captain Colin Charvis praised his side's attitude after his record-equalling four tries against Japan.

"I was just lucky to get on the end of the moves," he said, having helped his team score 14 tries in their biggest-ever winning margin of 98-0.

Charvis was particularly happy with his fourth try, a 50m run-in.

"I've worked hard with people like Wales fitness coach Andrew Hore and Newcastle's Steve Black, there's a bit of gas left in the tank," said Charvis.

"It would have been taking the micky if I'd got another try though, it was a team effort.

"It would have taken the thunder away from my nemesis Gareth Thomas [who took the full-time Wales captaincy from Charvis] who already has four tries for Wales in one game.

"It's important he keeps the record or he'd be shouting at me from France in a language most people don't understand!

Wales prop Gethin Jenkins takes on the Japanese defence
From a coaching point of view there are plenty of things to be improved upon, but it was an exciting autumn series
Wales coach Mike Ruddock
"Seriously, we enjoy playing rugby like that as a team, we showed great 'bouncebackability' after last week's defeat to New Zealand.

"I'm enjoying my rugby, these are a great bunch of guys and the team spirit in the camp has just built since the World Cup.

"There's so much competition, everyone wants to wear that Welsh jersey.

"It's still disappointing to have narrowly lost our two games this autumn against world-class opposition, but we're all looking forward to the Six Nations now."

Wales coach Mike Ruddock was happy with the brand of attacking rugby played by his side.

"I'd give us seven out of 10 for being ruthless," Ruddock told BBC Sport Wales. "It was a good first half, but we lost our shape in the second.

"We were a bit loose up front at times, but I told the boys to go out to enjoy themselves and entertain the fans and I think we did that.

"From a coaching point of view there are plenty of things to be improved upon, but it was an exciting autumn series."




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