Jenkins keen to build
Gethin Jenkins wants Wales to build upon their encouraging display in Saturday's 27-19 loss to Australia in the opening Test.
Last Updated: 10/06/12 12:28pm
Wales prop Gethin Jenkins wants the nation to build upon their encouraging display in Saturday's 27-19 loss to Australia in the opening Test.
The RBS 6 Nations champions were slow out of the blocks at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, but battled back in the second half to only trail by a point at one stage.
Pat McCabe's try eased the pressure on the Wallabies and Jenkins it will be of benefit to Wales ahead of the second Test that they are used to the intensity.
Jenkins is keen for the nation to keep things tight in the second Test in Melbourne, stating it will be crucial to limit the number of chances they give to Australia.
"We have to stay tight this week, put in some good training and hit back in Melbourne," commented Jenkins.
"You saw how skilful their players are and we simply can't afford to give them any chances.
"They are a very good attacking team and we need to be stronger around the contact area and put more pressure on them at the breakdown. We got our second wind as we got used to the intensity and we have got a chance to build on this.
"The game showed how well you have to play in the Southern Hemisphere where they play at that intensity every week and we have to match that."
Jenkins feels Wales allowed Australia to dictate the pace of the game too much and called on his team-mates to re-connect with the drive that took them to Grand Slam earlier this year.
"We won't win if we play like that again. It was a fast game, and it suited them, but we went away from our strengths," he continued.
"We have to play a little bit more sensibly. We slackened off from our high standards in the Six Nations and we have to pick up the intensity of our game.
"The second Test is a massive game for us, but it isn't all over in this series just yet."