Whitewash unthinkable – Shingler

Whitewash unthinkable – Shingler

Whitewash unthinkable – Shingler

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AARON Shingler says a Wales whitewash this autumn is “almost unthinkable” as they seek to salvage much needed pride by beating Australia on Saturday.

A heavy setback against the All Blacks on the weekend was Wales’ third loss this month after humiliating defeats to Argentina and Samoa.

Wales have never before gone through an autumn series losing all four games.

The New Zealand reverse was also Wales’ sixth loss in a row this year and the very realistic prospect of that turning into seven looms large. Shingler was keen to stress how important beating Australia this weekend.

The 25-year-old came on as a third minute replacement on Saturday after second row Bradley Davies knocked out by hooker Andrew Hore.

Thee Scarlets back rower did exceptionally well on the blindside, Ryan Jones moving to lock, and could well win his fourth cap against the Wallabies.

“Saturday means everything – it is all on the line," Shingler said. “It’s important we don’t come away with four losses. It’s a massive, massive week ahead.

“Without a doubt next week is going to be just as physical as the All Blacks.

“We’ve got to be very accurate, very aggressive and look to bully them. A whitewash is almost unthinkable.”

On the attack on Davies by Hore, which saw the Cardiff Blues man taken to hospital after being clobbered from behind by the Highlanders hooker, Shingler said: “I didn’t see it. The boys have been speaking to Bradley and he was very dazed and a bit confused as to what had happened.

“It’s quite sad to see a player like that, especially if it was a bit of a sly hit which I possibly think it was. Hopefully he will be fine.”

Hore escaped punishment by South African referee Craig Joubert, who missed the assault as did his assistants Jerome Garces and Greg Garner.

But he is almost certain to face action by the citing commissioner, England official Mike Rafter.

On Wales’ performance in the 33-10 defeat to New Zealand, Shingler said: “Early on we didn’t get ourselves in the game as we’d have liked. If we play our game, play with tempo, we can compete with the best.

“A couple of errors allowed them to play and in the second half it was pretty even.”

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