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Matthew Rees feels Wales will bounce back from their Six Nations defeat by Ireland

Last Updated: 03/02/13 10:15pm

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Wales hooker Matthew Rees has no doubt his team-mates will stick together to avoid their Six Nations campaign unravelling completely.

The Welsh started their tournament off in the worst possible style, going down 30-22 at home to Ireland, and they next face a daunting trip to Paris to face a France side smarting from defeat in Italy.

Defeat there would leave them in danger of 'winning' the wooden spoon but Rees feels it is only a matter of time before their shocking run of form - eight defeats on the spin - comes to an end.

"As players, we are the ones who have got to react. We've been there before and done it (won in Paris)," former captain Rees said.

"Confidence has been hit by this (Ireland) result, but when we look back at the video, and especially the second-half with the chances we created, as long as we can create those opportunities and finish them there is no reason why we can't go out to France and get a result.

"We proved how good a team we can be, and we have got to stay tight. I am sure this team will.

"We didn't take all our opportunities. We scored a few tries in the second half, but it wasn't enough.

"A slow start cost us, those first 20 minutes, but the pleasing thing was we came back in the second half and gave ourselves a good shot of getting a result, but in international rugby you can't afford to give 20 points away and expect to win.

"We have go to take this on the chin and make sure we get ready for France. We've got a tough schedule ahead of us in terms of three games on the road."

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