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Good for gloating grand slammers to get reality check, says Jenkins

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Dividends to come … Gethin Jenkins runs into Wycliff Palu. Pho

Dividends to come … Gethin Jenkins runs into Wycliff Palu. Pho Photo: Getty Images

GETHIN JENKINS claims Wales will be a better team for being knocked off ''cloud nine'' by the Wallabies.

The veteran prop admitted Wales arrived in Australia elated at their grand slam effort in the Six Nations.

Jenkins noted there were hard lessons doled out in the 27-19 defeat in Brisbane, but said they would be beneficial in the long run.

The Wallabies hit back from their shock midweek 9-6 defeat to Scotland to leave Wales with plenty to do to get back into the three-Test series.

And their task was made even tougher by the news Toby Faletau is out of the tour after breaking his hand in that first Test loss.

Jenkins, with 88 caps, knows better than most how hard it is to beat the best of the southern hemisphere, having just one win and a draw from 23 games against Tri-Nations sides. ''For a lot of the youngsters it was the first time they had played in the southern hemisphere,'' Jenkins said. ''Some of them were still walking on cloud nine a bit after winning the grand slam at home.

''But we all learnt it is a different kettle of fish and you do well to win in the southern hemisphere.

''People had been talking us up but I realise how hard it is to play against Australia, even when they are missing a few quality players.

''We have got to be right at the top of our game to get anywhere near a win down here … You only have to give [the Wallabies] a sniff and they make the most of it.''

Caretaker coach Rob Howley has called up Melbourne Rebel Gareth Delve from outside Wales's original 34-man squad as a replacement for Faletau, who will fly home to have his injury further assessed. The former Gloucester captain won the last of his 11 caps in 2010.

Wing George North will have intensive treatment on a haematoma to his thigh in a bid to get him fit for the Melbourne match.

Howley said tonight's tour match against the Brumbies in Canberra would be a ''test of character'' for his players. ''We are a game down, but we still have all to play for in this series and Tuesday night is the perfect opportunity for this squad of players to move on,'' he said.

''We have one or two bumps and bruises and we are expecting players to back up after playing a tough Test match and go out there 72 hours later and play for their country. That is exactly what touring is all about.''

PA

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
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Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 24 vs SAM 13 Report Stats
ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 18 vs ARG 20 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
SCO 16 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
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IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
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Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 6 vs RSA 22 Report Stats
SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
FRA 13 vs ARG 18 Report Stats
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Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG vs AUS 01:30Twic
WAL vs RSA 01:30MilS
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