Halfpenny: Wales will bounce back

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Wales need to pick themselves up this week after their defeat by Argentina, and full-back Leigh Halfpenny believes their response must be driven by sheer hard work.

Halfpenny kicked all Wales's points in their heaviest defeat at the Millennium Stadium for three years, but the reigning Six Nations champions have no time for navel-gazing with Samoa looming on Friday, followed by New Zealand eight days later and then Australia.

"It was a reality check I guess, a wake-up call, and it was difficult to take," Halfpenny said. "For us as players and a whole squad, it's how we bounce back and react to the disappointment on Friday night.

"We have worked hard, really hard, over the last two weeks, and we're going to have to work harder now. But I am sure the longer we are together during the autumn series, the better we will get."