Siwan Lillicrap says don’t write Wales off after New Zealand defeat
Siwan Lillicrap warned against dismissing Wales’ World Cup chances despite a 56-12 defeat by hosts New Zealand.
The Black Ferns put 10 tries past Wales in Auckland, in another show of the strength from the host nation.
Wales skipper Lillicrap insisted her side can still battle for a place in the knockout stages however, with a decisive match against Australia still to come.
Beat Australia and Wales will guarantee themselves a quarter-final berth.
“Don’t write us off, we are fighting for those quarter-final spaces it’s a huge game next week (against Australia) and we will recover quickly and we will move forward to that game quickly,” said Lillicrap.
“We are seeing glimpses of what this side is capable of, we haven’t seen a rounded performance yet. We are new in the journey, we are new to professional rugby, we have been working hard and I think you can see that.”
Lillicrap insisted Wales put in a performance boasting strength up front, but lacking in killer instinct.
“Our set-piece was really dominant today. Our pack did exceptionally well in that area,” said the Wales captain.
“Lineouts, driving mauls, scrums there was a lot of penalties there. We didn’t capitalise on the opportunities in that area and didn’t front up physically enough in that area. Credit to the Black Ferns they put everything at us.
“They scored a couple of quick tries again in that first half, and in the same second half we let them score two tries which isn’t the way we wanted to start.
“They pounced on our mistakes, they have deadly wingers that can create stuff from nothing.
“They have deadly players all around the park, with great attacking ability.”
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Fingers crossed we get a really good performance and result in next game so young people back continue to fall in love with these proud representatives of Wales too. The team is growing and getting better…just need to see how far we’ve come now.