JWC 2013: Day two reaction

(IRB.COM) Sunday 9 June 2013
 JWC 2013: Day two reaction
Seabelo Senatla scored two tries against England to take his tally to six at JWC 2013 - Photo: Christelle Glemet

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


South Africa captain Ruan Steenkamp: "This was a must-win for us and definitely the boys were up for it, but there is still work to be done and we are excited for the next one. What pleased me I think was our kicking game, against USA we were running the ball a lot, but especially in this game we turned them around with our kicks and that was definitely great for us."

England coach Nick Walshe: "After 20 minutes I thought we were the better side for the 60 minutes and they were just magnificent to come back from where we were to how we ended the game. I just applaud our guys, South Africa are a fantastic team, they got that lead and you have to give credit to them as well, two very good teams out there. It was pretty tough, but the boys were magnificent and I couldn't have asked anything more from them."

England captain Jack Clifford: "Obviously massively disappointed with the result, all credit to South Africa they played really well and our boys really stuck in it till the end, it really came down to it in the end, the last few plays we were really going for it but South Africa pulled away and won."

France captain Paul Jedresiak: "We had to get the bonus point and we got it. We found it hard at the start but then we got going and could execute our game and could score. We made mistakes that cost us sometimes. This is still one thing we need to work on but I don't have any explanations for this."

France team manager Fabien Pelous: "We created opportunities but found it difficult to take them. We could have scored more points but we still have this issue of not being clinical enough and handling errors, which other teams have much less than us. This is international level, the highest level for these players and I think there is a difference between these players' championship level and this level. We cannot reach this level because the game is faster, the hits stronger. It's a harsh reality but a fair comment."

USA coach Jason Kelly: "Disappointing result, and with our performance. We couldn't really hold much position today which killed us, we were playing a lot of defence. Disappointed but we will get better. We worked on a few things from the first day, and I am pretty happy with the stuff we tried to improve on."

USA captain Tom Bliss: "We wanted to make a bit an improvement from last match against South Africa and I feel like we did that today. A few knock-ons didn't help us in the game, a few decisions, which is a shame. We put our heart and soul into that game, and gave it everything but unfortunately it didn't come true. But we will build from this game, and take things from this into our match with England and our last two matches."


New Zealand captain Ardie Savea:
"There was a lot of talk pre game and people expected this match to be really tough and it definitely was. We knew they were going to come out firing and their forward pack was outstanding today and their ball carrying, we had to hang on in there."

Australia captain Curtis Browning:
"The boys, I am so proud of them, they stuck in right to the end and to keep them with no points in the second half, it's a real testament to the boys and put a lot of pride back in the jersey even though we didn't get the win. I'm really proud of them. It is obviously disappointing to have two back-to-back losses in a tournament like this, the boys really stuck in and you can't fault their effort, it was there. We talked about being ruthless and that is what we did today, even if the result wasn't there today."

Ireland two-try scorer Rory Scholes:
"We're pretty happy with the overall team performance, we set out to have a good defensive performance, they didn't score a try, and we set out to get a bonus point which we did so overall we are happy. Our game plan was pretty well executed."

Ireland captain Conor Joyce: "We are delighted to get the win, the Fijian boys put up a really good fight in the first half especially. They play a great style of rugby and are difficult to break down but I think it was just a matter of building through the phases and eventually our foward game really took its toll on them and they couldn't really match us."


Argentina coach Rodolfo Ambrosio: "Samoa are a very physical and hard side. They played very well and we had to match them in the forwards, which is why we won. We may not have scored so many points, but I am still very happy with our approach to the game."

Samoa captain Fomai Ah Ki:
"It is not the result we are looking for but I am really proud of the boys today, we had a good game and they really played their hearts out. I hope we learn from it for the next game, there are no excuses for us. Today we lost but learned a lot and played really well. I hope the next game we will try to get a win for us and for our country.

Samoa coach Viliamu Punivalu: “I wouldn't say I'm disappointed, there were a few mistakes but the boys played with a lot of heart and that is what I said to them. Now the boys know they can do it, it is a just a matter of showing their ability and believing in themselves. I think they did in this game and I think they will be ready for Scotland.

"It is a good learning curve and to know that they played to this level, a lot of the boys from Samoa it is a different level, a high intensity and that is what it is all about, this is the introduction to international level and I am so proud to be their coach today. I was disappointed against Wales because I know what they can do, and they showed that today and it is just a matter of believing in themselves and each other.

Wales captain Ellis Jenkins: "This was very tough, Scotland dug in right to the end and we had to have a couple of really defensive sets to keep holding on to the game. Credit to Scotland, they were very strong team and a win is win, two from two we couldn't ask for much more but we have got a lot of things to work on, first half we forced too many offloads, 50/50 offloads maybe we should have held on to the ball, but overall we are pleased with the win."

Scotland captain Jonny Gray: "After the Argentina game we knew what all the boys were looking for was a reaction and I think the boys really stepped up today but again we are disappointed with that loss. We can look back and we can be proud of the spirit we showed but all that matters is we didn't get the win. We will learn a lot from this, it was a fantastic occasion just unfortunately we didn't get the win but credit to Wales in the victory."

Scotland coach Sean Lineen: "We let ourselves down against Argentina but we had our chance to win it here, and it was small margins. Against Argentina [Patricio] Fernandez kicked everything, and here young Sam Davies didn't miss either. But their tries came off our mistakes, and for a few of the guys the occasion was pretty big for them, but they gave it everything, fantastic heart. Two tries each, it is very frustrating, we are scoring tries, our defence is pretty good, but it is our discipline and ourselves, of where we play the game and the executing of that and that is what is letting us down."