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Welsh given lessons to learn - Gatland

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    26 Nov 2017     Getty Images

Ioane, nominated for World Rugby's player of the year and breakthrough player of the year awards to be announced on Monday morning (NZT), scored two tries in the win, as did fellow wing Waisake Naholo.

But of Ioane, Gatland said, "He's not bad is he? There's not many weaknesses in his game. He's quick and powerful with great footwork and he scores tries. There's no doubt he's pretty special."

It had been a great Test match and Wales had contributed to that, Gatland said.

"Before the match I said the big challenge for us was we had a good chance of winning if we were able to contain the pace and power of their wingers. Unfortunately, that was probably the difference between the two sides," he said.

The Welsh wings would learn from that.

"Those players will get better from that experience and learning to be a bit more clinical at times. We were up against a quality side," he said.

Wales had felt comfortable at halftime, when down 11-12 and they needed to be accurate in the second half.

However, they weren't able to do that consistently and it had been the All Blacks' ability to take two or three key moments that was the difference.

Wales needed to continue to develop their game while defensively there were aspects they needed to tighten.

"If we can play as we did in the first half, with that amount of territory and possession, and learn from it and be a bit more clinical against a side that probably doesn't have the capabilities the All Blacks do, and hopefully that will give us an opportunity to score more points," Gatland said.

"One of the things you can't do as a coach is coach experience. We had a few youngsters out there who will learn from that and the advantage for a lot of the southern hemisphere players is the level they are playing week-in, week-out at Super Rugby and then the Rugby Championship.

"They have been together for that period and are able to handle being pressured for long times and take their opportunities when they appear for them.

"That's what we try and replicate at training and get better at and I think a lot of our players will go away from this and have a close look at their games and take a lot out of that experience and what they could have learned from playing against such a quality side," he said.