Defence costly for Wales

Welsh captain Gareth Thomas said poor defence cost his team dearly in the shock 38-34 defeat to Fiji on Saturday.

“Our defence wasn’t up to standard,” Thomas told the BBC after his 100th Test.

What was supposed to be a memorable day for the Welsh veteran soon became forgettable as he became the first player in world rugby to lose in his 100th international Test.

The magnitude of his team’s loss will only truly be felt when Wales fly back home after a failed World Cup campaign.

“We tried our best but we’ll probably get beaten down for this,” added a despondent Thomas.

While Wales’ best was not enough, Thomas said he was proud with his team nonetheless.

“We turned the ball over in the wrong areas and we’re going home, but we’re going home proud Welshmen,” explained Thomas.

Thomas is expected to retire from international rugby after the World Cup.

If indeed that does happen, Saturday’s loss to Fiji certainly wasn’t the ideal way to conclude his career, despite scoring a second-half try that helped his team eliminate a 15-point half-time deficit.

Again it just wasn’t enough.

“I’ll never retire, but I won’t be around in the next World Cup,” said Thomas.

The Welshman said that his country needed to now look ahead to the next World Cup.

“It’s probably better for Wales to start looking at other guys now and building a squad for 2011,” concluded Thomas.


365 Digital

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