Gatland proud of his players

Date published: June 18 2016

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Wales head coach Warren Gatland lauded his side's perseverance in the face of defeat after they lost 36-22 to New Zealand in Wellington.

New Zealand have now won the three-Test series against Wales with a game to go next weekend.

Despite the defeat, Gatland gave his stamp of approval after his side's performance.

"The courage to keep playing and not to give up is a huge tick … We had 58 percent territory and possession tonight and that's a massive number against the All Blacks – we've never done that before," Gatland told reporters.

"I'm pretty proud about that performance. There were a couple of key moments which were the difference.

"We're creating chances and the players are already aware of a couple of things that next week they will do a little bit different because they've already learned from tonight.

"They are clinical and those are the small margins that we need to be better at. It's about freshening them up this week and having a real crack in Dunedin.

"We've learned a lot about ourselves this week. We'll be thinking that we can get better again next week.

"The big thing for us is continuing to compete against the best team in the world. We'll learn a huge amount from this series.

"They tried to create some tempo in the last 20 minutes, but we were the ones who kept playing."

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