Saturday 24 February 2018

Warburton vows to pick up the pieces

Nigel Whittaker


Wales captain Sam Warburton was left "speechless" after his side saw victory in the second Test against Australia snatched from their grasp in Melbourne.

The final hooter had already blown when Mike Harris, who had replaced Berrick Barnes in the 73rd minute, kicked the winning penalty for the Wallabies after Wales had been guilty of pulling down a driving maul.

"It's so demoralising to come so close and I'm speechless. I'm just gutted," admitted Warburton.

"It's difficult to stop a team when it gets momentum at a line-out drive. Now we have to pick ourselves up for next week. That won't be difficult, though, because we're desperate to get a southern hemisphere scalp."

Wales caretaker coach Rob Howley blamed a lack of composure for his side's last-gasp defeat.

"We spoke in the changing-rooms about lacking composure. We gave Australia the opportunities, not just in the last 10 minutes, but at other points in the game when our emotional intelligence and composure wasn't good enough," said Howley. "We are hugely disappointed having outscored Australia two tries to one."

Irish Independent

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