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Lloyd White is down but not out after Millennium defeat
3:08pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Sport
VIKINGS’ Welsh international Lloyd White could not disguise his bitter disappointment as he limped down the stairs out of the Millennium Stadium following the 32-16 opening day World Cup defeat by Italy.
The stand-off would not accept plaudits that it was a brave effort against an Italian side teeming with NRL stars, rather he thought the Welsh team had the personnel to get the campaign off to a winning start.
Wales scored three quality tries to lead a nip-and-tuck game 16-14 in front of a partisan 45,052 crowd, but then the streetwise Azzurri got the bit between their teeth to show the previous week’s friendly win over England was no fluke.
A bruised and battered White declared: “It was not good enough. We had the team out that could have beaten Italy today but we we blew our chances.
“It was one of those arm-wrestle games for a while and we just fell away. It was not our day and was not meant to be.
“It was difficult because Italy put a stranglehold on us getting out of our own half, but it did not help that our kicking game was poor.”
“Italy have a good team but we had the players out there to beat them. We did not play as well as we should have done.”
Cardiff-born White was delighted with the big turn-out in his home city, adding: “It was a great experience and atmosphere – the people have come out and supported us and we could not ask for more but I am really gutted, bitterly disappointed.
“We can still get out of this group if we concentrate on USA and then Cook Islands.”
Wales entertain USA at Wrexham on Sunday before heading south to tackle Cook Islands at the Gnoll, Neath the following weekend with qualification still possible.
The team finishing top will, barring any shocks, face Australia in the quarter final at Wrexham.
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