Howley defiant despite defeat
Wales caretaker head coach Rob Howley believes his side came close to matching Australia, despite their 3-0 whitewash down under.
Wales once again put up a brave fight against the Wallabies in the third and final Test in Sydney on Saturday, but Berrick Barnes' penalty five minutes from time sealed a 20-19 win.
It was Wales' narrowest defeat yet on their tour, following 27-19 and 25-23 reverses in the first two Tests.
The whitewash extends Australia's imperious hold over Wales, who have won just once on Australian soil.
However, speaking after the game, a defiant Howley insists his side are not simply content with taking sympathy and plaudits in defeat.
"We will not hide from the 3-0 whitewash," he said.
"The respect we've had over here in Australia has been great but we don't want any taps on the back, this team is better than that.
"I played in many Welsh teams that got so close and yet so far and this team want to win and we have been very very close.
"There are a lot of good ingredients from what has happened in the last three weeks."