Wales 34-39 Australia: Defiant Wayne Pivac wants to lead Wales to World Cup

Wayne Pivac took over from Warren Gatland as Wales head coach in 2019

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac has said he wants to stay on after watching his side lose 39-34 to Australia.

Pivac’s side gave up a 34-13 lead, with the Wallabies scoring 26 unanswered points in the second half.

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) will conduct a review but the coach remains defiant as he prepares to travel to France to examine World Cup venues.

“I’m under contract until the World Cup, it’s in France and we fly out tomorrow,” Pivac said.

It was a third loss for the Pivac team this fall, following a 55-23 hammering against New Zealand and a 13-12 humiliation against Georgia.

Pivac has won just three out of 12 games this year and suffered 20 losses in 34 games during his three-year tenure.

Asked if he thought the results this year were enough to keep him in his role, Pivac said: “I’m just interested in talking about today and getting over what just happened. .

“It’s disappointing the result, but there were a lot of good things to take away from this game which is positive for us going forward.”

The New Zealander replaced Warren Gatland after the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

Gatland has been linked with an interim role should a vacancy arise, but on Saturday denied being approached by the WRU.

Pivac has insisted he wants to lead the World Cup in France next year.

“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think that,” Pivac added.

“The heat was on me for the week, I had to try to take it off the boys, and they played a lot of that game exactly how we wanted them to.

“We review every competition and we will and we have to take the positives out of it. The things that didn’t go well, we can iron out.

“I definitely want to stay. You saw today when we do things right, we are a dangerous team.

“We have more players coming back to the team and the rest is up to others.”

Pivac believes Wales showed enough intention against Australia in the opening 60 minutes to prove they can turn things around under his watch.

“We got everything we wanted from the start of the game,” Pivac said.

“I thought we built the game well and got into a situation where we should have won the game.

“Clearly we took advantage of their indiscipline and reverse roles when they did the same to us.

“It was frustrating for all the players, I can’t fault the effort the boys put in.

“We said after last week that we wanted more physicality and we wanted to go out there and express ourselves.

“For large parts we did, but we couldn’t bring it home.”

Pivac led his side to the 2021 Six Nations title and became the only Wales manager to orchestrate a Test victory against the Springboks in South Africa in July 2022.

Reflecting on what’s been missing this year, Pivac added: “It’s quite funny, we were talking in the locker room.

“There is a lot of luck in this game. When we won the [Six Nations] Championship, a lot of things went our way.

“It feels like right now, in difficult situations, that’s not the case. We just have to keep believing and working because I think everyone would agree on that particular performance today, there has been a marked improvement.

“I just focus on our squad and what we asked for during the week and what the players wanted to deliver, and I felt they delivered for most of the game.

“He’s one of those who are very difficult to cash in. But rugby can sometimes be very cruel.”

Source : BBN NEWS

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