Howley targets improvement
Caretaker boss delighted with attitude and effort from Wales
Last Updated: 24/06/12 3:20pm
Rob Howley: Believes Wales can push on from their Australian experience
Caretaker coach Rob Howley believes the 'fantastic learning curve' of the three-Test series in Australia will help Wales improve.
The RBS Six Nations champions suffered a whitewash in the series, although there were a mere 11 points separating the two teams following 27-19, 25-23 and 20-19 defeats.
Howley, who stepped in while head coach Warren Gatland recovers from injuries sustained in a fall, is adamant Wales will improve for the experience.
"I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity and challenge that presented itself over the last three or four weeks. It was everything I expected it to be - challenging," Howley said.
"There were moments in the match we could have controlled better. But those moments will come again in the Autumn Series and the Six Nations and hopefully we will have learned how to make the most of them."
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"Without the support of (coaching staff) Shaun Edwards, Robin McBryde and Neil Jenkins, we might not have got so close. They have all been fantastic.
"We have all got a lot to thank Warren for because he brought us all in and has given us our head on several occasions over the last three or four years. Without that experience we would have been a lesser side for it.
"The experience the players have had in Australia will help us to improve. Our attitude and effort got us so close to beating the Wallabies and we have left a mark here that we are quite proud of."
Howley believes there were moments in the games Wales could have controlled the contests better and he hopes the players will have learned from the experience.
He added: "I am immensely proud of this group of players and there are a lot of good ingredients that have come out of the last three weeks that should make them feel pretty proud of their efforts.
"There were moments in the match we could have controlled better. But those moments will come again in the Autumn Series and the Six Nations and hopefully we will have learned how to make the most of them.
"A lot of things happened in the last 10 minutes and it was a new experience for a lot of these young players who hadn't played in a three-Test series before. It has been a fantastic learning curve for us discovering how to get back up for games week in, week out.
"The respect we have had over here has been great, but this Welsh team is better than that. We want to win international games and the one thing you need to do when you gain respect is come to places like Australia and win."