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Wales must 'nail' the key moments

Gethin Jenkins
Wales prop Gethin Jenkins is frustrated with losing to the All Blacks

Star prop Gethin Jenkins says Wales must learn to seize the moment if they are to beat the best in the world.

Wales blew a chance to at least draw with New Zealand when a late line-out went awry in Saturday's 19-12 defeat.

Lions loose-head Jenkins says such chances must be taken if Wales are to topple teams such as New Zealand.

"When we come to that key moment you've got to nail it, but unfortunately we didn't [against NZ] and those are the areas that let us down," said Jenkins.

Wales had recovered from 19-6 down to move within a converted try of the All Blacks with five minutes remaining of the match in Cardiff.

Captain Ryan Jones' men engineered good field position but were then left ruing that late line-out and a failure to capitalise on lock Alun Wyn Jones' memorable interception run.

Coach Warren Gatland and assistant Shaun Edwards were also left fuming over match officials not penalising Dan Carter for a high tackle on scrum-half Martin Roberts, after wing Shane Williams had broken through.


Carter has since been cited, while Jenkins is among those hoping to one day be in a Wales team that beats the All Blacks, admitting: "I'm fed up of losing to them.

"They always seem to grind out a win against us and I suppose that's their mentality now, that they are going to beat us and we need to change that around, hopefully, some time in the near future."

Jenkins also says Wales played a major part in a 21st consecutive defeat to the All Blacks - stretching back to 1953 - having failed to learn the lessons of 12 months earlier when they led 9-6 at the break, only to fall away in the second half.

"I think the players knew themselves that we let ourselves down. We got in the same position again as last year and we didn't force it home," said Jenkins.

"We've got to learn from our mistakes and that was one of the main things we took into the game, that we wanted to learn from last year's game.

"We played well in patches but I still think we can improve again."

Jenkins also contends the All Blacks had the benefit of a tough encounter in Tokyo against Australia a week before the Millennium Stadium clash.

We're comfortable we're up there at the top level. It's just a case of getting the results now

Gethin Jenkins

"It was the first game of the series [for Wales]. They [NZ] played a tough game against Australia… it will always help, having one hit out and then playing us," Jenkins said.

"I think we'll get better, hopefully, as this series goes on because the games are such a step up at that level.

"A lot of the boys… probably weren't used to that. I know I was blowing a bit and a lot of the other boys wouldn't have been used to the actual intensity of the game."

Jenkins hopes to face Samoa on Friday night but also has his sights on the clashes against Argentina and Australia later the month, believing it gives Wales the chance to underline their credentials on the world stage.

He also says the issue of whether New Zealand have or have not lost their aura of invincibility was irrelevant to Wales' players last weekend.

He added: "We've just gone into the game [against NZ] knowing that we can compete at the high level and wanting to put a good performance in to try and match these teams.

"We've got Australia towards the end of the autumn internationals and we really want to beat these big teams.

"I don't think it's anything to do with aura - we're comfortable we're up there at the top level. It's just a case of getting the results now."

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