Williams: I'd have preferred win
Winger Rhys Williams played down his achievement in becoming Wales' all-time leading tryscorer during his side's 28-16 defeat by France.
Williams, 22, who is currently on loan from Warrington to Castleford, touched down on the stroke of half-time for his 12th international try to equal the previous record held by coach Iestyn Harris and grabbed a second on the hour to break it.
"I'd rather have not scored and the team win than break the record and team lose," he said. "I'm delighted with the tries but I would have preferred the win."
Williams' eye-catching efforts were among a host of pleasing aspects for Harris, as his inexperienced side made France fight all the way for the spoils.
"We're disappointed because it's a Test match we feel could have won but there were massive positives for the future of Welsh rugby league," said Harris.
"There were a lot of guys unavailable who will be available at the end of the year but the young guys stood up and showed they're ready for international rugby.
"We're on a journey to the World Cup and beyond and I think we're in a pretty good state.
"If you take Jordan James and Christian Roet out, everyone is under the age of 25 and we had some 17 and 18-year-olds who stood up well against an experienced French side."
France led 12-0 thanks to tries from Cyril Stacul and Gregory Mounis, two of their six Catalan Dragons regulars, and veteran Lezignan prop Mathieu Griffi scored two in seven minutes in the second half to keep his side in front.
The battling Welsh made a game of it when impressive full-back David James touched down early in the second half, but the French made sure when Stacul scored his second try eight minutes from the end.
France caretaker coach Aurelien Cologni said: "It was a tough game for us but we knew beforehand that it would be.
"This is a new team for us and I'm very pleased with the young players we brought in."