Bradley Davies was in positive mood as he looked forward to the clash with the All Blacks
Bradley Davies says Wales must believe they have a chance when they take on World Champions New Zealand on Saturday.
Hopefully we'll put a smile back on the Welsh public's faces
Following defeats to Argentina and Samoa, the mood in Wales has been sombre with many viewing the game with New Zealand as a foregone conclusion.
But Davies refuses to believe Wales are without a chance, his upbeat nature obvious as he looks forward to Saturday's game.
Davies partners Luke Charteris in the second row against the All Blacks and while he admits the last two defeats have been disappointing, he argues Wales are more than capable of mixing it with the world's best.
"We've got to believe in ourselves," said the Cardiff Blue.
"Obviously we're playing against the best team in the world and it's going to be a very difficult challenge, we're under no illusions about that.
"We'll be raring to go and hopefully we'll put a smile back on the Welsh public's faces. As a professional there is no greater challenge than to play against the best team in your sport.
"No matter who plays for Wales on Saturday there'll step up. The boys have trained really well this week so hopefully we'll take that into the game.
"We know how good we are. You don't become a bad team from a few bad performances."
Wales last beat the All Blacks in 1953, Sid Judd's score the difference in a narrow 13-8 win. And while a repeat victory tomorrow will be a tough ask, Davies believes it is possible.
"We realise as a squad we've all got to turn up and have nine out of 10 games but it is possible," added the Cardiff Blue.
"We've done it in the past and we've all played to a high standard.
"The biggest thing is the mentality. A lot of teams lose before they play the All Blacks but we have to believe we can do it."
One man who may help with that belief is Wales head coach Warren Gatland.
Gatland has returned to take charge of the game with the All Blacks and next week's clash with Australia before returning to his duties as head coach of the British and Irish Lions.
"Gats really put things in perspective," added Davies.
"He brings a lot of experience and a winning mentality from his time with other clubs and he put a smile back on our faces.
"He tells it how it is and it's like having an extra player there really. It's good to have him back, he's a good guy."
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