Prydie joy at maiden try
Exciting Wales prospect Tom Prydie has hailed the "amazing feeling" of scoring his first try for his country.
Last Updated: 06/06/10 1:51pm
Exciting Wales prospect Tom Prydie has hailed the "amazing feeling" of scoring his first try in national colours against South Africa on Saturday.
The 18-year-old Ospreys wing was making his second appearance for the national side after being handed a debut against Italy during this year's Six Nations.
His score sparked a late Wales surge against the Springboks at the Millennium Stadium but the comeback ultimately fell short as they were defeated 34-31.
Despite the loss, Prydie was able to reflect with pride on his own personal achievement in the contest.
"You always look forward to getting your first try - it was an amazing feeling," he said.
"It was a tough game with a lot of running, and fitness was a big part of the game.
"I am starting to get more used to it. It's still strange playing in the Wales team, but it is a great experience."
Wales enjoyed a fine start to the contest against an under-strength South Africa side, flying into a 16-3 lead after a James Hook try.
But the visitors were allowed back in and built a winning lead with some clinical play in the middle stages of the match.
"We were so close, yet we chucked it way," Prydie said of the result.
"Everyone is really disappointed, but there is not much you can say. We will review it, and then head to New Zealand."
Wales will face the All Blacks in a two Test series later in June and captain Ryan Jones admits his side will have to improve if they want to get anything from the tour.
He added: "We lacked composure.
"There will be periods of the game when you will be in the ascendancy, and others when it is about how you can weather their storm.
"We have to tighten up on errors and tidy up set-pieces.
"It doesn't come any tougher than going to New Zealand, but we know what to expect and I think we will be extremely competitive down there.
"We are going to play our game and give it a real go."