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Welsh forward gaga over brutal Origin II
Paul Mulvey
18:14 AEST Thu Jun 14 2012
Wales rugby second-rower Bradley Davies.
Wales rugby second-rower Bradley Davies (C) says he finds Canberra a bit weird.

From Lady Gaga to State of Origin to a weird capital city, Welsh second-rower Bradley Davies is taking in everything a rugby tour of Australia has to offer.

Davies and his Welsh teammates have already enjoyed some NRL matches and next week will get to Lady Gaga's Sydney concert.

But he was a bit let down by this week's trip to Canberra for Tuesday's tour match against the Brumbies.

"Canberra's a bit weird for a capital city," Davies said on Thursday.

Davies, who received a 12-week ban this year for a crude off-the-ball spear tackle, however, relished the brutality of Wednesday night's State of Origin rugby league match as NSW held off Queensland.

"They're just full at it ... it was great and exciting to watch," he said.

"The good thing is when they get smashed and have a good shot they don't complain. There must be a gentleman's agreement, is there?

"Someone clobbers you across the jaw and you just get up and play the ball again."

Davies has vowed to tone down his own aggression after he tipped Ireland forward Donnacha Ryan on his head in the opening game of the Six Nations tournament in February.

He was slapped with a maximum 12-week ban, with a five-week discount for a guilty plea and previous good record.

The tackle cost him a place in Wales' Six Nations grand slam and he only returned for his 34th cap in last week's first Test loss to the Wallabies in Brisbane.

He admitted it was frustrating watching his teammates scoop the Six Nations, but he's learned from his ugly rush of blood.

"I won't tip no one on their head ever again. You've got to be careful and what I did was obviously a silly, stupid thing and I lived to regret it," he said.

Like the rest of the Welsh, he said it took him some time last week to get used to the tempo of international rugby again.

But he's promised a better performance in Saturday night's second Test in Melbourne.

"We were disappointed as a pack of forwards, we'd like to stamp ourselves on the game a bit more," he said.

After that, they'll tackle Lady Gaga, although Davies is playing down his enthusiasm.

"I'm just tagging along, I don't want to be left alone in the hotel," he said.


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