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Harris: Decision making wasn't on

4th November 2013, 16:57

Harris: Decision making wasn't on

Wales head coach Iestyn Harris was left rueing missed opportunities after his side’s 24-16 defeat to the USA at the Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium.

By Ryan Gould 

 

Wales head coach Iestyn Harris was left rueing missed opportunities after his side’s 24-16 defeat to the USA at the Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium.

 

The Dragons’ second defeat of RLWC2013, infront of a bumper crowd of 8,019, means that they can no longer qualifty for the knock-out stages of the tournament, which left Harris “bitterly disappointed” after the game.

 

“We probably had 20-25 opportunities in the game to score points”, he said. “We took a lot of the wrong options; our decision making wasn’t on this afternoon.

 

“We haven’t used the best of what we’ve got, and we talked about that at the start of the tournament. We haven’t got the group of players to be playing at 50 or 60 percent and expect to win games.

 

“When we sit down and look at that game, we’ll see that there’s a lot of missed opportunities to score points – and that’s very frustrating for the coaches and staff knowing that you’re so close.

 

“But you take that end of the game away and we didn’t deserve to win today.

 

“The USA were dogged and stayed with us, and it was up to us to put that game to bed. We weren’t capable of doing that.

 

“We were nowhere near where we needed to be and you’ve got to give a bit of credit to the USA for what have been two great reslts in the tournament so far.”

 

Despite the disappointing result, Harris was delighted with the support his side received in Wrexham.

 

“It’s a huge positive for the game in Wales to have that number of people turn up and support us”, he said.

 

“We’re a growing nation and it’s important that we continue to grow as a nation and produce players through our systems.

 

“It’s a difficult time for everyone involved [after losing the game] but, in the next seven days, we’ve got to show our professionalism and do a professional job.

 

“Players will look back on this World Cup – whether that’s in a years or 20 years time – and it’s really important that we conduct ourselves in the right way in the next seven days [before the Cook Islands game].”