Phillips: We are so close
Scrum-half insists Wales are not far away from beating the best
Last Updated: 16/11/10 9:09am
Phillips: Insists Wales are close
Lions scrum-half Mike Phillips insists Wales are not far away from beating one of the southern hemisphere giants.
"We have come close now so we know we are not far away. We just need a bit of luck in the games."
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Wales have been left wondering what could have been so far in the autumn internationals, having been edged out by Australia and South Africa.
The Wallabies came out on top 25-16 despite struggling to cope with the Welsh pack, while the Springboks came from 20-9 down to win 29-25.
Fiji are next up for Wales on Friday night, before the Grand Slam-chasing All Blacks head to the Millennium Stadium eight days later.
And the 28-year-old Phillips believes Wales can come back stronger from Saturday's heartbreak.
"After the game in the changing room, we were just devastated that we had lost that game," Phillips told skysports.com. "We let the game slip away from us.
"We are going to have pick ourselves up, though, and bounce back against Fiji.
"It is going to tough as Fiji are a dangerous side but the performances have been there, it is just the results that haven't been going our way.
"We just have got ourselves over the finish line and it has been so frustrating.
"We have come close now so we know we are not far away. We just need a bit of luck in the games.
"We are getting there. I think that we just need that one result, then we can kick on from there."
Although Fiji will possibly offer Wales the best chance to return to winning ways, Phillips is refusing to take anything for granted against the Pacific Islanders.
Ospreys No.9 Phillips was part of the Wales squad that bowed out of the 2007 World Cup to Fiji, with the 38-34 ending their hopes of progressing out of the pool stage.
"New Zealand is the really big challenge but we can't take Fiji lightly," said Phillips.
"They beat us in the last World Cup so we know all about them. They like to throw the ball about a bit, so we will have to be aware."
Despite Fiji being next up, Phillips does concede it is difficult not to look at the forthcoming showdown with the All Blacks.
Wales lost back-to-back Tests against the All Blacks on their summer tour - and although comprehensively beaten in the opening match, Warren Gatland's side battled valiantly in Hamilton before losing 29-10.
And Phillips believes Wales can take heart from that performance.
"New Zealand are arguable the best team in the world," said Phillips. "Having toured their in the summer we know what to expect. We were in the game for 65 minutes so we know we are close to getting it right."