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HARRIS PRAISES WELSH EFFORT

20th October 2012, 18:27

HARRIS PRAISES WELSH EFFORT

COACH DISAPPOINTED BUT SAYS CANNOT FAULT DEFENSIVE EFFORT AGAINST FRENCH

By Gary Baker in Lens

 

FRANCE 20 WALES 6

 

HEAD coach Iestyn Harris was left disappointed by Wales' 20-6 Autumn International Series defeat in Lens on Saturday but proud by his side's battling second half against a more experienced oufit.

 

Wales started brightly and took the lead through a great try from full-back David James after just two minutes. It came from 20 yards out when Danny Jones found some space, laid the ball off to Matt Seamark who put the ball to James ten yards out for him to speed over th eline and Matt Seamark to add the conversion.

 

But a ten minute period at the end of the first-half was the killer blow for Wales as France scored tries from Romaric Baitieri, Cyril Stacul and man of the match Thomas Bosc, with Bosc adding three conversions and a penalty.

 

Wales now face England next week but Harris said: "We can be proud of our team. They controlled ten or 15 minutes in the first half and that's where they got their tries.

 

"When we got our shapes right, we managed to get into the right areas There are some areas of our game that we need to work on in the next week.

 

"We have spoken about controlling field positions and at times we lacked that which is something we need to work on.

 

"Also we made silly errors but I'm proud of the players and the way they defended for the large marjority of the game.

 

"But to put a young side, with a lot of teenagers, into a match against an experienced France who are full-time.

 

"The one thing I know about this group of players is that they will never give in and that is a big characteristic of them. I thought France probably had a bit more subtly than us with the ball in hand and the halves probably controlled it better.

 

"There is an argument to say you can do that when you are allowed to play on your terms but again that is something we need to look at."