Wales have lots of ‘good ingredients’ to take with them from Australia series despite whitewash

June 23rd, 201210:33 am @


Howley has been impressed with how the tourists had come to terms with playing
three tests in three weeks and thought it would prove valuable experience
for the younger players.

“I thought the group of players were outstanding,” he said. “It’s
3-0, it’s a whitewash, we’re not hiding away from that, but there’s a lot of
good ingredients.

“A lot has happened over the last three weeks and they can be very proud
of their efforts.

“Today was disappointing in the last 10 minutes … we have to learn
from that but it’s a new experience for a lot of these players, a three test

“I think it was a fantastic learning curve to get ourselves back up …
after games and my overall feeling is immensely proud of the group of

The only Welsh victory over the Wallabies in Australia came on their first
visit to the country in 1969.

While they failed to break the drought, the three June tests have certainly
been a lot closer than those tours of the 1990s, when Wales shipped 40
points or more three times against their hosts.

Howley, who has stood in as caretaker for the injured Warren Gatland for the
tour, said he thought the 2012 tourists had achieved something if only by
coming so close to beating the second ranked team in the world.

“OK it may not be in the result, but the experience and the attitude and
that effort that has got us close to Australia, we have left a marker in
Australia which we’re quite proud of,” he said.

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