Davies: Wales are rested and focused
June 20, 2012
Bradley Davies reacts to Wales' late defeat to Australia © Getty Images
Wales lock Bradley Davies believes that they will be fresh and ready to attack Australia in Sydney on Saturday after a two-day break to recharge their batteries.
The tourists are still smarting after Mike Harris snatched a famous win from under their noses with a last-gasp penalty in Melbourne last weekend and Davies welcomed the management's decision to allow them a small dose of rest and relaxation.
The Cardiff Blues lock toured the zoo, while his team-mates popped up at the British Consulate and a Lady GaGa show. The hard work began again on Tuesday and Davies was pleased with their first runout since the weekend.
"It was a massive disappointment last weekend and everyone was devastated. But we had a really good session on Tuesday and it is important we get ready for the third Test in Sydney," he said.
"We are an honest group and we are used to having some tough analysis sessions after a game. We know that if we've done something wrong it is going to be highlighted and I've been in that situation before - getting rollickings after games and getting bans.
"It is how you learn and adapt from that that matters and as a squad we are getting really closer. It is only by taking it on the chin that you improve as players."
Wales' game management was again called into question following their Melbourne reversal, but Davies feels that they came out on the wrong side of a tough decision from referee Chris Pollock to lose the game.
"We thought the penalty at the driving line-out was a bit harsh. We didn't think they were going to score because not many teams score from driving line-outs against us," he said. "As a pack, we pride ourselves on not getting bullied in that way. They got a bit of a drive on and then we peeled off and the referee interpreted it as a pull down.
"We were disappointed in that because they were just about to peel off and try the pick and go. It was a terrible feeling. With 30 seconds left I thought we had it, but then we did a long kick and gave away a penalty. The rest is history - it is difficult to take as a player having been involved in that. Now we want to go out on Saturday and finish on a high. We need to do that - we need to take something away from this tour and it is important to finish with a victory."
Wales will name their side for the third Test at 14.00 local time (0500 BST) on Thursday, with Scarlets flanker Aaron Shingler unavailable due to a dead leg suffered in last week's tour win over the Brumbies in Canberra.
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