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Welsh run deflates Davies


Bradley Davies

Bradley Davies

Bradley Davies

Bradley Davies accepts that Wales' record has not been good enough this year as they prepare for a punishing Millennium Stadium finale against New Zealand.

Wales tackle the All Blacks on Saturday, having beaten only Scotland and Italy in 2010. Davies and company have gone six Tests without a win - their worst results sequence since current New Zealand forwards coach Steve Hansen was in charge seven years ago - and find themselves written off as 10/1 outsiders this weekend.

"We set goals and are proud Welshmen," said Cardiff Blues lock Davies. "Our record is not good enough this year."

Given that Wales have not defeated the All Blacks since 1953, and conceded an an average of 34 points over 23 subsequent Tests against them, it is easy to understand the bookmakers' pessimism.

Davies continued: "We want to beat the best, and we have had our chances. We are testing ourselves against the best to see where we are. We are not far away - mistakes cost us against Australia, and we let a lead slip against South Africa.

"We want to put it together for the full 80 minutes, have a complete performance and prove something to the world."

Wales would certainly command global attention if they topple the All Blacks, whose last defeat against British or Irish opponents came at English hands a year before Martin Johnson's men won the 2003 World Cup.

But Wales' latest performance - a 16-16 draw against Fiji when six of tomorrow's line-up started - suggests it is a fanciful ambition.

"We lost to them twice in the summer, and it will be nice to play them in front of a full house in Cardiff," added Davies, who continues his burgeoning second-row partnership with Alun-Wyn Jones.

"We competed for large parts in New Zealand in June. It gave us confidence, and we have been building nicely this week. This is the last chance of the autumn to play against one of the best teams, and this is the best team."