JWC 2011: Quotes of the day

(IRB.COM) Sunday 26 June 2011
 JWC 2011: Quotes of the day
Australia avenged a Pool B loss to France, beating them in the third place play-off

We hear from the players and coaches involved in the third to 11th place play-offs on the final day of the Junior World Championship 2011 in Italy.

David Nucifora, Australia coach

"We were obviously very disappointed with the first clash with the French and we had something to prove to ourselves after two losses. We felt that we probablyshould have put that game away a lot earlier because we had dominated the whole game but we didn't quite make the break on the scoreboard from them. It's a good win for us and third is a reasonable result in this tournament.  

"The conditions out there today were stifling. It took a lot of courage to keep going out there and trying to play because it was incredibly hot and we've got some pretty exhausted boys."  

Colby Faingaa, Australia captain  

"Third, we're super happy about that. Everyone is still excited. We just wanted to come out and put on a good show for Australia. We knew last time we played France we didn't play to the extent we could have and today we came out and started well and kept on doing that the whole way through."

Gillian Gallan France captain

"We are happy, but we would have preferred to be in the final, but we’re still happy to have landed in the best four. We have enjoyed everything really. Today there was mainly a physical difference, we had a tough time with injuries, which made the difference especially at the end of the game."

David Aucagne, France coach

"Our players were tired physically and they had given their best against England, we had many injuries early on in the game and then it was hard towards the end. But they played well in thesis final phase and I’m very happy with them. It’s very satisfying, but still fourth is just down from the podium and we wish we had done better." 

Dawie Theron, South Africa coach

"We really played well but it's still a bitter pill for us to swallow not being higher up. We had our chances against England and we didn't finish but today the guys, like against Ireland in the previous game, we showed what we can do if we keep the ball and if we finish and today was a spectacle of what we can do."

Macauley Cook, Wales captain

"I'm really pleased. We lost against Fiji and we were bitterly disappointed. The camp was down but we managed to pick ourselves up and that was a good performance today. We know how tough this Ireland team are. We played them in the Six Nations and they're a great side. To beat them like we did was a great effort for us and I'm really proud of the boys.  

"We were very switched on for the game beforehand and really wanted to win. We had lost two of our games so we wanted to show the Welsh public that we are a good team and I think we've done that today."

Jordi Murphy, Ireland captain

"The heat was very difficult but it was difficult for both teams. It was just our inability to play for 80 minutes. We kind of switched off and Wales punished us when we did, but there was some good play out there from both teams. We have to take some positives out of it. We have to learn not to switch off at critical times. We were a man down and they scored a try when we really should have been down in their half putting them under pressure."

Lucas Sartori, Argentina captain

"We started quite fluidly but Scotland got stuck in and it got harder. We had to defend hard in the second half but thanks to our good start we managed to hold on for this win."

Peter Wright, Scotland coach

"Of all the games we've played it's probably the most disappointing. For all the effort we put in we didn't get the reward. To lose the game by a point and to have as much possession as we had is disappointing. Unfortunately we just didn't have enough in the tank in the fifth game to finish them off."

Duncan Weir, Scotland captain

"We've played some brilliant rugby at times and it's just not come off on the scoreboard."