Jenkins: Wales must learn from loss
June 19, 2012
Gethin Jenkins finds himself at the centre of attention against Australia © Getty Images
Gethin Jenkins has called on his side to learn from the mistakes they made after losing the second Test against Australia in the dying moments of the match.
Australia's Mike Harris kicked a stoppage time penalty to down Wales 25-23 with Jenkins experiencing a similar manner of defeat back in 2009 with the British & Irish Lions. That day it was Morne Steyn who capitalised on Ronan O'Gara's mistake and secured the Test series for the Springboks.
"It was a little bit of deja vu in Melbourne after the Lions. A last-minute kick and the series gone," Jenkins said. "We should have seen the game out in Melbourne. With only two minutes on the clock we should have done something a bit different, but when it's as tight as that it's the responsibility of the 22 to nail it.
"It probably wasn't the best of ideas the kick the ball away, but I thought we had a good chase and pinned them down 30 metres from their line. It was just unfortunate that we gave away two penalties which cost us the game.
"Looking back, I'm sure we could have done better to stop that driving line-out and not pulled it down. It was the last minute of the game, we'd all worked our guts out, but we shouldn't have been down there."
Wales now travel to Sydney on Saturday looking to prevent the series whitewash. It was a series that Jenkins' side were tipped to win and although they have lost, he is adamant that they have reasons for optimism.
"We've taken a bit of time off to reflect on last weekend and to pick ourselves up for the third Test. There's pride in the changing rooms," said Jenkins. "We didn't get much sleep last Saturday night just thinking about that last kick and how we should have drawn the series. There wasn't much talk in the changing rooms afterwards, but it has been heads down since then as we try to pick ourselves up.
"Last weekend was devastating and we were disappointed in ourselves that we couldn't finish off the game. We had some nice late wins in the season and now we know what it's like to be on the end of a losing game."
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