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Wales vs Canada: The best of the reaction

Wales captain Jonathan Davies talks to his team after the win over Canada

Wales vs Canada: The best of the reaction

Wales started their three-match summer Test series with a convincing, 10-try win over Canada.

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Wayne Pivac’s side were 68-12 winners at Principality Stadium as Tomos Williams, Jonah Holmes and Taine Basham all scored two tries each.

James Botham, Elliot Dee, Nicky Smith and Will Rowlands all crossed the whitewash too as Wales warmed up for back-to-back meetings with Argentina in style.

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An added bonus for Pivac was five new caps in Tom Rogers, Ben Carter, Basham and Gareth and Ben Thomas all making their debuts.

Here is the best of the reaction from the Canada game from those who took part…

Will Rowlands of Wales charges forward against Canada

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Wales wing Tom Rogers:

“It was amazing for me to make my debut and just what I thought it would be like when I was a kid. It was a great experience for me.

“It was nice to get the ball in my hands which is exactly what I wanted. I had a little bit of space.

“I think the boys went well on the whole, but there are things we can improve and we’ve looked at them in training. Hopefully we can bring that in the games with Argentina.

“It was a proud day for me. I could hear the boys from my local club Cefneithin. All my friends and family have been supporting me, but they’ve been doing that since the start. It’s been really nice.

“It (Test rugby) is definitely more intense and the hits are bigger, but the boys have been great helping me out through the week so I know my role.”

Wales captain Jonathan Davies:

“I thought in the first half against Canada we stuck to our processes and got our rewards, but in the second our standards slipped.

“We played with a good tempo but there is lots to work on going into Argentina. Our discipline and speed to the breakdown needs to improve.”

Tom Rogers of Wales in action against Canada

It was a proud day for me. I could hear the boys from my local club Cefneithin. All my friends and family have been supporting me, but they’ve been doing that since the start. It’s been really nice

Wales flanker Taine Basham:

“The Talywain boys and my family were out in full force.

“There was a big group of them who came down to support me for the Canada game so hopefully I’ll stay in touch with them over the course of the rest of the campaign as well.

“This is my third camp with Wales so it’s third time lucky I suppose. To finally get my cap was fantastic for me. The tries were an added bonus.

“The main thing I’m proud of is coming on in the game and receiving my first cap. It was a massive and proud moment for me and my family.

“It was a good blow out against Canada. It’s obviously a level up as everyone knows, but I really enjoyed it and felt comfortable.

“I’m used to playing with Aaron Wainwright and Ross Moriarty. We work well together as a collective so it’s always good to have those guys right beside me.

“The physicality Argentina bring is huge. They’re a good outfit so it will be a big test these next two weeks. Gonzalo Bertranou is a very feisty player.

“There is a bit of an edge to him and he likes a quick game. He likes to play with tempo and with quick tap penalties so it will be good to see him.”

Taine Basham of Wales celebrates scoring a try on his debut

This is my third camp with Wales so it’s third time lucky I suppose. To finally get my cap was fantastic for me. The tries were an added bonus

Wales lock and man of the match Ben Carter:

“It was amazing for me to make my debut. It was really tough but the crowd helped. It was just brilliant and I really enjoyed it.

“I felt quite a lot of pressure but I didn’t expect to be here so everything is a bonus. It’s a great group here with great players. It’s a superb place to be.

“Canada was a great start but we’ve got lots to work on for Argentina.”

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