Jenkins admits Wales got tactics wrong
November 12, 2012
Wales' Gethin Jenkins attempts to shackle Argentina's Julio Farias Cabello © PA Photos
Wales' Gethin Jenkins has admitted that his side must go back to the drawing board after being humbled by Argentina in Cardiff on Saturday.
The Pumas claimed a much-deserved 26-12 victory at the Millennium Stadium with the Six Nations Grand Slam champions outclassed by side that has clearly benefitted from their recent introduction to The Rugby Championship alongside the southern hemisphere giants of New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.
Wales had little answer to Argentina's superior all-round game and Jenkins conceded that his side got their tactics wrong. "We hate losing at home. It was a really depressing changing room, knowing we didn't go out there and perform," he told the Western Mail. "We have got to really look at ourselves after this game and see what we can do better. We are back to the drawing board."
"We have obviously got our mantra of the way we play, but Argentina came with a game plan to kick a lot and not play much rugby in the first-half. We sort of played into their hands. We tried to play too much rugby inside our own territory," added Jenkins, whose side must re-group before they tackle Samoa on Friday night. "We will look at the errors we made and try and work on that. There might be a few changes to freshen things up a bit."
Reflecting on the impressive Pumas, Jenkins added: "I've played Argentina before, but they were definitely up a level from where they had been. They were very physical and they showed the way they could just pick up the tempo.
"If you are playing six games against Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, you are going to be adjusted to that level of intensity. Every time you play the Tri-Nations teams, it's a step up.
"When you are playing at the highest level, in games of that intensity, that's when you get used to it. But it's not an excuse. We didn't perform to the best of our ability. We made key mistakes, we lost the ball quite a bit and we weren't on our game."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
The time for tinkering is over - England must nail their colours to the mast in key positions, writes Phil Vickery
"New Zealand-born Joe Schmidt has forged the Irish into a street-smart, well- prepared side," John Mitchell on the Irish renaissance
"I am bored of hearing 'I can't fault the effort'. Let us take that for granted and look for some quality." John Taylor writes
Reports comparing the 2014 Wallabies with their rabble-like predecessors of 2005 are unfair and self-serving, Greg Growden reports