Wales kick back with visit to Lady Gaga concert
A NIGHT at a Lady Gaga concert may not be the textbook preparation for a crunch rugby international, but Wales insist a bit of rest and relaxation has been the ideal tonic to their Melbourne heartache.
Ahead of Wales's tour finale against Australia in Sydney on Saturday, the squad were guests at the Allphones Arena to watch the eccentric American pop star strut her stuff.
Rob Howley's men have also fitted in a visit to the zoo and a trip to the city's famous harbour bridge on the latest leg of their travels and according to lock Bradley Davies it has been a welcome pick-me-up in the wake of last weekend's demoralising 25-23 defeat to the Wallabies.
"The worst thing we could have done is try to train the next day," said Davies, who has retained his place in the starting XV.
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"It was nice to have a break, get out together as a group and refresh ourselves.
"It was a massive disappointment last weekend and everyone was devastated. But we had a really good session on Tuesday and it is important we get ready for the third Test in Sydney," the 25-year-old said.
"We are an honest group and we are used to having some tough analysis sessions after a game.
"We know that if we've done something wrong it is going to be highlighted and I've been in that situation before — getting rollickings after games and getting bans.
"It is how you learn and adapt from that which matters and as a squad we are getting really closer. It is only by taking it on the chin that you improve as players.
"We thought the penalty at the driving line-out was a bit harsh. We didn't think they were going to score because not many teams score from driving line-outs against us.
"With 30 seconds left I thought we had it, but then we did a long kick and gave away a penalty. The rest is history — it is difficult to take as a player having been involved in that.
"Now we want to go out on Saturday and finish on a high. We need to do that — we need to take something away from this tour and it is important to finish with a win."
Forwards coach Robin McBryde, though, has warned that the Wallabies won't be easing up, despite having the James Bevan trophy firmly locked away following victories in the opening two Tests.
"They are used to winning against us, that's a big factor," said McBryde.
"And they'll keep on going until the very bitter end because they don't want to be the southern hemisphere side that loses at home to Wales. They are going to dig deep again."