JWC 2013: Day one reaction

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 5 June 2013
 
 JWC 2013: Day one reaction
New Zealand will face Australia on match day two, looking for their second win of the tournament

We bring you all the reaction from the opening day of the IRB Junior World Championship 2013 in France.

POOL A


England’s Harry Sloan:
“I am really happy to get through the game without any injuries. It was very physical and the heat didn't help either, but really happy with how the lads played, 110 per cent and great work rate. Definitely one of the best atmospheres I have played in and they were in our face the whole time. We had to rise above that and I think we did.”

Jack Clifford, England captain:
“We played really well, but there is still a lot to work on. We will reassess and then hit the training park again, before preparing for South Africa. We had the majority of the ball, but they really came out in the second half, and it was only in the last 10 minutes when we really ran away with the game. The crowd got us more pumped up, and there was a great atmosphere even with the crowd against you.”

France captain Paul Jedrasiak
: "We are disappointed with the result and our performance. We cannot be satisfied with conceding 30 points at home, we failed to seize the event. However there are some things to keep but we need to work again as it's not finished for the next match. It was physically hard but we must quickly put this match behind and start all over again." 

South Africa coach Dawie Theron:
“It was important for us to get a good start, it was a game we expected to do well but it was a difficult start as we know the other games will be harder. We are happy we have come through this and it was a great start for us.”

POOL B


New Zealand captain Ardie Savea:
"It was a good first game, and we will take that win. We will take a lot of positives, but we know there are a few things we can work on. We knew Fiji would have a physical presence, but against bigger teams we need to up our game."

Ireland captain Luke McGrath:
"I'm very, very proud. It was a very tough game, we are absolutely over the moon with the win but it was a bit scrappy out there, I think the conditions played a big part in the game, something we are not used to back in Ireland with the sun playing here. The boys stuck in, dug deep and I am delighted with the win.

"We are a very optimistic team, I feel like we need to improve a bit of everything but maybe there are silly kind of 50/50 passes we threw that gave them the ball a bit easy and maybe the rucks as well but I am sure we will enjoy tonight and get back on the paddock."

Ireland coach Mike Ruddock:
“Really physical contest, Australia were much bigger than us, particularly in forwards so we really had to work up front, our scrum technique I thought was excellent as against such big opponents we had to be low and we had to be technically very, very good as an eight and I thought for the majority of game it held up against big men."

Australia captain Curtis Browning:
“The crowd was great, they were really enthusiastic the whole game, we’re obviously disappointed not to get the result in the end but the crowd here has been great the whole time we have been in France. The Irish really stuck it to us and full credit to them.

“It is a big stage for the a lot of the boys but I don't think pressure is a part of it, the boys have played in big games before, unfortunately we didn't capitalise on the possession we had and the good opportunities we had at the end of the day and the Irish came at us and they put the pressure on us to make some errors in the end."

POOL C


Wales coach Danny Wilson:
"We set the target of a bonus point win. Few bits we definitely need to perhaps improve on and be a little bit more consistent on but over the moon on the whole. We talked in our game plan about making sure we stuck to task at set piece, try to wear them down and try to tire them out, we felt we would have hte superior fitness if we could do that."

Wales captain Ellis Jenkins:
"It was tough, the conditions, it was so warm, we were blowing from the word go, but we could see they were struggling a bit more than we were and we just had to keep piling on the pressure and stick to our guns and that is what we did and it came good at the end for us."

Scotland coach Sean Lineen:
"We weren't clinical enough, we need to take our chances, we created changes and we just didn't take them, but at the same time the defence from Argentina it was fierce and hard.

“I think that we knew they were going to be physical but at the same time I don't think we expected that. For the first 10, 15 minutes we got hammered and we did all we could to try and counter that and we struggled, let's be honest we found it tough. They are a good side, there is not really much more that I can say, we were well beaten."

Argentina flanker Pablo Matera:
“It was very difficult for us to get the ball today, but we are used to playing without the ball. Scotland attacked us from all over the park so we had to be alert and make a lot of tackles.

"Although we didn't have a lot of ball, we made the most of our opportunities. Scotland struggled to make the most of their possession, but we looked like scoring when we got the ball.”

Argentina scrum half and captain Felipe Ezcurra:
“We didn't play as well as we could, but we can't complain with a bonus point win. We came out to play a bit more in the second half and the tries followed. I think that the key to our win today was that we wanted it more than Scotland and that we retained our concentration throughout the match.”