Moriarty: ‘We responded well to defeat’

Ross Moriarty says Wales did well to bounce back from defeat to Australia with a win over Argentina in Cardiff on Saturday.

Wales were whipped 32-8 by the Wallabies, their heaviest defeat at home for 10 years, so they needed a response against the ever improving los Pumas.

“Obviously, it was a tough week (after Australia). It was a heavy defeat,” Moriarty said.

“The pressure was on us to bounce back. We stuck together and did that. Everybody is going to have criticism at some point in their careers. You have to deal with it and use that to your advantage in a way. It was a good reaction against a good Argentina team, which makes it even better.

“We looked at their forwards during the week. They have had a lot of experience in the Rugby Championship and are a very strong outfit. We targeted that, and I felt we dealt with their ball-carriers well. It shows the difference when you front up, stop them in their tracks and don’t give them easy yards.”

Hooker Ken Owens, who went off after taking a hit in the ribs and to his hip, added: “We worked hard in training and we had some tough meetings and some tough sessions, and I think that came through in the performance.

“We stopped Argentina’s off-loading game by winning a lot of the collisions, and we dominated possession and territory, especially at the end of the first half, and put them under pressure. We probably left a couple of scores out there, but our defence was much better.

“We were in their 22 for nine minutes in the first half, or something ridiculous like that, and had a sequence of line-outs, scrums and penalties, so not to score was frustrating. That’s something we have to improve on. We spoke all week about not being individual about what we are doing close to the line.

“There was a bit of white-line fever at times, and we didn’t execute as well as we would have liked in that area. The top teams in the southern hemisphere convert those chances – just look at Australia last week – and we still have to work on that part of our game.”