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Wales display frustrates Charteris

Luke Charteris believes Wales might have "got carried away" against flamboyant Fiji after labouring to a Millennium Stadium success that suggests next Saturday's experience against New Zealand could be all black.

Wales beat the South Sea islanders 17-13, but it continued a trend of unconvincing autumn victories over so-called lesser nations since head coach Warren Gatland took charge six years ago.

During that time, Wales have lost at home against Samoa and been held to a draw by Fiji, while wins against those two countries and Tonga were only achieved through scoring 17 points or less.

Wales' latest struggle was compounded by the fact that Fiji had a player sent off - Nottingham prop Campese Ma'afu - with almost 30 minutes left, yet they failed to score during a dire second-half performance and conceded a late interception try.

World champions New Zealand now loom large, with history stacked against Wales in a fixture they have not won since 1953, suffering 25 defeats on the bounce.

"We are disappointed with the performance," Wales lock Charteris said.

"We got the win, which in the past we maybe have been guilty of not doing, so that is the first thing you will take.

"But certainly, the performance from last week (against Australia) has dropped off considerably.

"It is frustrating because we had a good week in training, and maybe we got carried away with who we were playing, trying too many off-loads and throwing the ball around.

"Credit to them, they were good in the contact, but that is a negative to us because we needed to retain possession. When we did, we put them under pressure all the time.

"Unfortunately, it would go through three or four phases and they would whip the ball or we would try a silly off-load and it put us back under the cosh and we would have to build again.

"That is frustrating because we came out with an intent to play well, play good rugby and get the win. We got the win, but it was a very ugly one.

"Our defence on the whole was good, other than conceding that try at the end, but we shot ourselves in the foot by giving the ball back to them too much and playing that open, loose game that they thrive on."

Wales were left mystified after a Taulupe Faletau second-half try was disallowed, while their forwards appeared to have conjured another score following impressive close-quarter work, but neither effort convinced erratic French referee Pascal Gauzere or his television match official Carlo Damasco.

Those incidents, though, should not be allowed to mask an extremely poor and disjointed Wales performance that was blighted by conceding more than 20 turnovers.

And Charteris readily accepts that anything remotely approaching a repeat showing next Saturday will be punished ruthlessly by the All Blacks.

"I can't comment too much on some of the stuff that we found frustrating," he added.

"We had a good rolling maul a few times and got one penalty try from it, but we thought we should have had a bit more.

"That was an area that was pleasing this week. Sometimes you get the directive from one referee, and it changes the next week. That is the way it goes. We have to adapt to that, and maybe we were a bit slow in doing that.

"It was just accuracy, and against New Zealand we know if we turn the ball over they will score.

"One thing we will be working on this week is retaining the ball. If we do that, then we are capable of beating New Zealand."

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