Wales can beat the All Blacks this weekend

Wales duo Luke Charteris and Alex Cuthbert say that they believe Wales can beat New Zealand’s All Blacks even though the team struggled to beat Fiji.

Wales have not beaten New Zealand for over 60 years as their last victory over the All Blacks was in 1953.

Warren Gatland’s Wales team started the Autumn Internationals with a loss to Australia which took them to 21 consecutive losses to Southern Hemisphere teams New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.

Despite the run of losses Charteris and Cuthbert maintain the belief that they can beat the All Blacks which would make them the third team to beat New Zealand since they won the rugby world cup.

Against Fiji Wales went out to a half time lead of 17-6 but then even though Fiji had a player sent off they failed to score a point in the second half and a late Fijian try led to a nervy climax.

“One thing we will be working on this week is retaining the ball. If we do that, then we are capable of beating New Zealand,” lock Charteris told the BBC.

Cuthbert also believes that Wales can step up to a level that will be needed to beat New Zealand.

“We know if we put in a performance like we have against the top teams, we’ll be there or thereabouts,” said Cuthbert.

Cuthbert, who scored Wales’ second try against Fiji says that “silly errors” in areas in which Wales are “usually sharp” contributed to Wales’ diffuculties.

“There’s no excuses – we’re professional players and I think the turnover rate was a lot higher than usual and it just kept letting them into the game,” said Cuthbert.

“We were always on the front foot and looking to score and we just couldn’t get over that line.”

Charteris who plays for Racing Metro said that he too found it frustrating too.

“We had a good rolling maul a few times and got one penalty try from it, but we thought we should have had a bit more,” said the and former Newport Gwent Dragons player.

“Sometimes you get the directive from one referee and it changes the next week. We have to adapt to that, and maybe we were a bit slow in doing that.

“It was just accuracy, and against New Zealand we know if we turn the ball over they will score.”

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