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Gareth Davies knows Wales players can do so much better

Gareth Davies is not expecting any of the players who were given a chance to shine against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Tuesday night to make the Welsh starting XV for this weekend second Test.

Head coach Warren Gatland blasted his fringe players after the six-try, 40-7 defeat to the two-time Super Rugby champions in his old home town.

Gatland was unimpressed his players did not push their claims for selection for Saturday's second Test in Wellington.

And Scarlets scrum-half Davies, who came on as a late replacement in the 39-21 first Test defeat in Auckland last weekend, has described the miserable night in Waikato as "a bad day at the office."

He said: "There are no excuses, the Chiefs wanted it a lot more than we did and it was a bad day at the office.

"I don't think anyone played well enough tonight to put up their hands to start on Saturday.

"We blew our chances and we shouldn't have any excuses. We had a very good team out on paper, but we just didn't click.

"We've been in camp now for six to eight weeks, we have been with each other training day in, day out and we need to take a good look at ourselves.

"The coaches are going to be hard on us and we are going to be hard on each other. We have to put it behind us and get ready for the second Test on Saturday.

"We need to look forward to a big training day on Thursday. We are one squad and we need to put this to bed and get ready for the big one at the weekend."

Gatland has deferred naming his team until Thursday morning in New Zealand and refused to answer any rugby questions at the official Maori welcome in the New Zealand capital on Wednesday.

Near the top of his agenda ahead of Saturday's game at the Westpac Stadium is finding a way to plug a defence that has leaked 16 tries in the three games in the past three weeks.

He also needs to find a way to sharpen the Welsh attack after they bombed a number of chances against the Chiefs.

But while the coach is trying to find ways to beat the All Blacks for the first time in 63 years, the players are also taking full responsibility for their midweek mauling.

When asked if he felt the players had let down the coaches, acting skipper Luke Charteris said: "The simple answer to that is yes.

"The midweek game was a chance for the boys who came on the tour to put up their hand and we spoke about that before the game.

"When you have a settled Test side it is hard to break in and we were given an opportunity. There are a lot of fringe players who were given a chance and it wasn't taken.

"From a playing point of view, if you are given that opportunity and you don't take it, you can't blame anyone else other than yourself."


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