Jenkins jubilant

Welsh coach Gareth Jenkins applauded his team’s character in the 29-all draw with Australia, but felt the reward should have been victory.

Nevertheless, he was still impressed with his team’s performance in not losing to Australia.

Jenkins, praising replacement flyhalf James Hook’s contribution, felt his team had won the game when they went ahead 26-17. But his joy lasted all of one minute as Australia scored a converted try to narrow the gap to two points. Thereafter it was a lottery, although Jenkins said Wales were hanging in there rather than pushing for the win.

“We showed character then to come back into game and at half-time we were very much back in the game and put Australia under pressure. The first 20 minutes of the second half we were losing the battle for territory. But we had a penalty and then the opportunist try (for Martyn Williams) and I felt at that moment it was the try to win us the game.

“But to turn ourselves over within minutes affected the team and the last 25 minutes we were hanging on rather than dominating.

“It was great entertainment. It was a fantastic example of top-class rugby.”