Lydiate relishing Wallabies clash
Dan Lydiate admits he is relishing the chance to start putting the pain of Wales' agonising World Cup exit behind him.
Wales achieved their best World Cup performance for 24 years before bowing out to semi-final conquerors France, but there was an over-riding feeling of what might have been, given that they went within two points of beating Les Bleus despite having captain Sam Warburton sent off midway through the first half.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's World Cup bronze medal re-match against Australia in Cardiff, Lydiate said: "We had a really good chance to do something special at the World Cup, and it didn't happen. We have only got ourselves to blame for that. It is disappointing when you think what could have been, but you can't dwell on what has happened."
He continued: "You have got to push on, and this is a perfect opportunity for us on the weekend to build on what good did come from the World Cup.
"There are a lot of young guys in the squad, and that tournament gave them a lot of exposure at the highest level you can play at and on the biggest stage.
"Every game we go into now we go out there without any fear. We are not happy just to go out and compete, we are going out to get a result every game.
"For me personally this weekend, it's the coal-face, head down, backside up and get on with it.
"We want to put on a good show, especially with it being our first hit-up after the World Cup.
"We can't just say we were good in the last World Cup, we have got to keep pushing.
"The training we did before the World Cup has set the bar for us. We are going to have to keep pushing past that level if we want to keep improving, because there are going to be other teams in the world doing the same."