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Neil Jenkins wants total Wales effort for All Blacks

AUTUMN INTERNATIONAL - WALES v NEW ZEALAND
Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Date: Saturday, 27 November Kick-off: 1715 GMT Coverage: Watch on BBC TWO Wales and the BBC Sport website; listen on BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru and Radio 5 Live; report and reaction on BBC Sport website and mobiles


Wales skills coach Neil Jenkins
Skills coach Neil Jenkins says Wales are better than results suggest

Wales skills coach Neil Jenkins has warned Wales that they must not switch off for a moment against New Zealand at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

The two sides clashed twice last June in New Zealand, where the All Blacks maintained their 57-year unbeaten run against Wales.

"We realise when we play the All Blacks what we do learn is the game is about 80 minutes," Jenkins said.

"We play well for 40 or 50 minutes and then we seem to fall away."

Wales have lost to Australia and South Africa in Cardiff this November, and drawn against a Fiji side last Friday that they were expected to beat.

In each game Wales have stuttered towards the end of the game and that is a pattern that Jenkins rued from their previous encounter with New Zealand in Hamilton, a 29-10 loss something of an improvement on the previous week's 42-9 drubbing.

"Second Test we hung in there for a lot longer and played well towards the end but then gave a soft try away," Jenkins added.

"Every time we seem to play them we get reasonably tight early on but... then they seem to hit us with the killer blows after that.

"They keep playing for the 80 and that's something we've got to learn from and Saturday hopefully we will learn from that.

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"We don't become a bad team overnight. I know [lack of] wins suggest that we're not a great side at this moment in time.

"But I think from our perspective and where we're at and performances-wise, I think we're going in the right direction - barring Friday."

Wales fly-half Stephen Jones also believes that Warren Gatland's side will be better prepared for their summer tour to New Zealand, where they will return next September for the 2011 Rugby World Cup

"We had the benefit of playing against them twice in the summer," Jones said.

"The way they play, they recycle the ball efficiently, they move the ball well with a lot of good runners. It's a good challenge for us.

"We've got to be efficient at the breakdown, we can't afford to turn the ball over because New Zealand will make us pay.

"We're weren't far off against South Africa, it was a decent performance we must remember that, it's not all doom and gloom and we must look forward to this game."



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