Roberts issues Wales rallying cry

Date published: June 16 2016

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Centre Jamie Roberts has said the Welsh players owe the jersey and the fans a performance in Saturday's second Test in the wake of Tuesday's humiliation in Hamilton.

Roberts came on in the second half of the 40-7 defeat by the Chiefs and wants to try to make amends for that by beating the All Blacks in Wellington.

The world champions won the first Test 39-21 in Auckland last weekend, but only after Wales had led up to the hour mark.

"I was happy to pull on the Welsh shirt again on Tuesday night, but obviously not very glad to be part of that team which lost. It was quite an embarrassing defeat and an embarrassing performance," admitted Roberts.

"We owe the jersey a game, there is no doubt about that.

"The lads who wore that jersey on Tuesday let the jersey down. I was part of that squad and it wasn't good enough. We owe the jersey a performance and certainly the Welsh fans, especially those who have travelled out to New Zealand, a performance."

Roberts thinks former Cardiff Blues teammate Rhys Patchell will make the most of his chance to shine at fullback as one of two changes to the Wales starting line-up.

"He thoroughly deserves his place in the starting XV and his shot on this stage.

"He has what it takes to stay in the Welsh jersey for a long, long time.""

The All Blacks have yet to lose a game on home soil under coach Steve Hansen and many are predicting a walkover for the world champions after their five-try triumph at Eden Park but Hansen is not so sure.

"Wales are hurting right now and that makes them dangerous. Whatever we were going to get will be coming at us in double spades," said Hansen. "We are going to have to match that. They'll front up in a big way on Saturday."

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