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Published: 13:10 | 11/6/16

Warburton upbeat following defeat

Wales beaten by second-half New Zealand blitz

Wales captain Sam Warburton was delighted with side's performance despite being defeated by New Zealand in Auckland.

The All Blacks overcame a brave and impressive Welsh effort to win 39-21 at Eden Park.

Wales had led on the hour, with tries from Taulupe Faletau and Rhys Webb being complemented by a conversion and a trio of penalties from Dan Biggar.

However, the All Blacks came on strong in the final quarter, as Waisake Naholo, Keiran Read and Nathan Harris crossed for the hosts.

Naholo had also scored earlier on, after Julian Savea had gone over for New Zealand's opener.

Aaron Cruden kicked 14 points for the victors in Auckland.

Upbeat Wales skipper Warburton told Sky Sports afterwards: "We played some great stuff, and that's what I'm pleased about.

"We took some chances and it paid off, but we're playing the world champions. We gave it a good crack, and it's not good enough for us.

"We're tired of losing (to the southern-hemisphere sides). We're desperate to get a win here.

"We wanted to play some rugby. We knew we couldn't come to a place like New Zealand and be conservative and hope to win by edging it with penalties.

"Our counter-attack was good in patches but credit to New Zealand - you make one mistake and they turn it into to seven points, then you make two and they make it into 14 points. They're pretty ruthless.

"But the good thing is we have another two weeks to have another crack again, so we'll come back next week (in Wellington) and be better."

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