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Wales caretaker coach Robin McBryde defends team after Japan defeat

Last Updated: 15/06/13 12:33pm

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Robin McBryde: Put his faith in the Welsh boys

Robin McBryde: Put his faith in the Welsh boys

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Wales caretaker coach Robin McBryde backed his young players following their shock defeat by Japan on Saturday.

Missing 15 members on British and Irish Lions duty, the Welsh decided to blood a group of inexperienced stars and rested Ryan Jones, James Hook and Paul James.

The Japanese took full advantage and hit back from last week's loss to secure their first every triumph over Wales with a 23-8 win in Tokyo and level the tw-match series at 1-1.

"I'm not going to hang my head in shame because it's important that we learn from this and move on," McBryde said.

"You don't know how far to push yourself until you push yourself that little bit too far, maybe that was the case.

"Obviously we're disappointed to lose. We paid the ultimate price for not being accurate and making the most of our opportunities.

"If we had taken those opportunities we would have been in a strong position at half-time. But you can't take anything away from Japan, they showed what a quality side they are and if you allow them to play with that tempo in their game, they're going to be a match for any team.

"They're very competitive against Samoa, Fiji and Tonga [in the Pacific Nations Cup], so they're an experienced bunch of men. They fully deserved their victory but we could have done our work better."

Japan coach Eddie Jones, the former Australia head coach, was full of compliments for his side.

"I'm very proud of the team. They have created a history today to become the first Japanese team to beat a top 10 team in the world," Jones said.

"Obviously Wales haven't the best 15 players, but today we played a very good game of Test rugby and it's another step forward for the team."

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