Wales hope to finally register a win in Australia.
Wales hope to finally register a win in Australia. Natalie Slade

Win desired despite series defeat

WALES assistant coach Robin McBryde knows his squad face a long journey home if they finish the Test series with the Wallabies without a win to their name.

The Grand Slam Champions came so close to tasting success in Melbourne last weekend, losing 25-23 with the final play of the game.

That defeat means the series is now beyond their grasp, but McBryde insisted there was still plenty to play for in Sydney tomorrow afternoon.

The former Wales hooker has told the current generation to focus on the positives ahead of what could be a defining weekend.

"It's a long way to come and return home with nothing to show for all the hard work," McBryde said. "It's our final chance. But we've got to put a touch of realism to it all.

"We were just 40 seconds or a minute short of winning that game. As much as there were certain aspects we didn't get quite right, it did boil down to the last two minutes - it was that close.

"It's quite hard to lose in those circumstances, but it's quite heartening to know that we were that close to getting what would have been famous victory having not won here for so long.

"The players have been to the World Cup and proved a few doubters wrong. They backed it up with a successful Six Nations and they are all about creating a little bit of history for themselves."

Meanwhile, Australian Rugby Union boss John O'Neill has defended the decision to allow Kurtley Beale to play for the Wallabies against Wales, despite being charged with common assault following an following an investigation into an incident at the Victory Hotel in Brisbane on the Thursday night before the first Test.

"That is a matter that will be dealt with through the courts. Until such time as there is a resolution, there is no reason why he shouldn't play," O'Neill said. "Let's not pre-judge the outcome."


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