Jenkins: We're better than in 2007
September 30, 2011
Graham Dewes scored the winning try as Fiji knocked Wales out of the World Cup in 2007 © Getty Images
Gethin Jenkins admits it is difficult to forget the debacle of Wales' shock World Cup exit against Fiji four years ago.
Cardiff Blues prop Jenkins is the sole survivor from that 2007 campaign in Wales' starting line-up for Sunday's World Cup reunion with the South Sea Islanders at Waikato Stadium. As in the last World Cup, a quarter-final place is at stake for Wales, only this time they appear better equipped to deal with it.
"It's obviously in the back of the mind, as games like that are when you lose," said Jenkins, reflecting on the 38-34 loss to Fiji in Nantes. "But there is a completely different dynamic here now, a lot of different players, and I think we believe a lot more.
"We expected to win last time, but there was always a doubt that we weren't playing that well. We will go into this game on the back of five good performances, really. Perhaps in 2007, we went into the Fiji game possibly a little bit complacent, a little bit arrogant, thinking we were going to win that game easily.
"But Fiji showed on the day just how good a side they are, and we've got to step up and perform. I don't like talking about ticking the boxes, but everything is in place for a player when he comes into this squad to get on the field and then it it is up to the player to impose himself on the game.
"Everything is in place for us to be a good team. This is probably one of the best chances we've had to push on, and it starts Sunday."
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