Jenkins’ charges eye Blacks Test

Wales coach Gareth Jenkins says he has some difficult selection calls to make in the next fortnight after his “B” side triumphed 38-14 over the Pacific Islands on Saturday.

The Dragons face Canada on Friday but the real test will come against New Zealand on 25 November.

“We changed selection for the Pacific Islanders match and it has been a very positive camp. This result will give us more determination [ahead of the All Blacks Test],” Jenkins told BBC Sport.

“I have got selection headaches, there is no doubt at all about that, and that is a good place to be. The performance of the squad has been particularly pleasing from my point of view.”

The Islanders tested their hosts with their direct, physical approach but ultimately failed to trouble a side whose reputation as one of the most improved teams in world rugby continues grow.

“It is a nice feeling,” Jenkins said after the win in Cardiff, which was also his first win as coach.

“We had to make more tackles than in most games, we defended well, we were efficient and we had a good set piece.

“We had a good score at half time. We never felt the game was over, we had to work hard and got a good result.”

“I am happy where we are. The draw last week [against Australia] was about what we deserved.”

Sonny Parker, who came out of a nine-month international retirement, had a sensational game at centre and was equally impressed with the team’s performance.

“I really enjoyed it. I haven’t played a game like that for a while,” he said. “They came out and wanted to play some rugby and that was really hard to defend.

“It is excellent for us. The guys had to prove themselves and personally I think they did very well.”