Walshe lauds 'real' character

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:13
Large engvnz630

England Under-20 coach Nick Walshe heaped praise on his side's character when they beat the Baby Blacks 33-12 in Vannes on Tuesday.

England Under-20 coach Nick Walshe heaped praise on his side's character when they beat the Baby Blacks 33-12 in Vannes on Tuesday.

The English side went into the tournament ranked in seventh position and were probably not given much chance against the most successful side in the competition's history. England came out and took the game to New Zealand and had a commanding 20-8 lead at half-time.

Walshe said: "The lads were absolutely unbelievable. From the first minute they put their bodies on the line - they were excellent.

"We knew that New Zealand would want to play with the ball in hand, and they did. They made it very tough for us, but our defence were brilliant," he mentioned.

Being able to hold off an onslaught from such a dangerous team like New Zealand was a testament to where this England side is at the moment.

"We showed real character to stay in front and I’m over the moon with the win," Walshe added.

English captain Jack Clifford was hugely influential for the English and was incredibly proud of the effort his side put in to claim such a prized scalp.

"I’m really proud of all of the guys - we executed our game plan and we’re really, really pleased to get the win.

"New Zealand are a tough side to play against, they don’t give you a second to think, but I felt that we were composed throughout and deserved the win.

The focus now shifts to the final against neighbours Wales on Sunday and Walshe knows what to expect but knows that they will be a different side to the one they beat in the junior Six Nations.

"Wales will be a tough challenge - we obviously know them pretty well from the Six Nations and they put in a massive performance against the South Africans, so massive credit to them and we look forward to seeing them on Sunday," he said.

New Zealand coach Chris Boyd spoke about his sides inability to take their opportunities and that was the difference at the final whistle.

"We lacked accuracy in execution at times that cost us 14 points. In the end this was the difference between the two teams.  

"The team is very disappointed with the outcome of the match.  

"The boys now have desperate resolve to get up for the match against South Africa on Sunday," Boyd mentioned.

English flyhalf Henry Slade knocked over 18 points in the win and produced a complete performance but took no credit for the win - acknowledging that it was a complete squad performance.

"Every player put a shift in tonight and that’s all you can ask - from 1 to 15 and all of the guys that came off the bench, it was a real squad effort," Slade said.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 27 October 2017
Griquas v Griffons 16h30 Kimberley
Glasgow Warriors v Kings 18h35 Scotstoun Stadium
Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs 18h45 AJ Bell Stadium
Ospreys v Dragons 19h35 Liberty Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Munster 19h35 Sportsground
Sat, 28 October 2017
Australia v Barbarians 04h00 Sydney
Harlequins v Worcester Warriors 14h00 Twickenham
Treviso v Edinburgh 14h00 Stadio Monigo
Saracens v London Irish 14h00 Allianz Park
Northampton Saints v Wasps 14h00 Franklin's Gardens
Sharks v Western Province 14h00 Durban
Zebre v Cheetahs 16h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Ulster v Leinster 17h15 Kingspan Stadium
Scarlets v Cardiff Blues 18h35 Parc y Scarlets
Sun, 29 October 2017
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers 14h00 Kingston Park
UNDER-20 WORLD CUP
MORE LOGS
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
England U20 3 3 0 0 14
Australia U20 3 2 0 1 10
Wales U20 3 1 0 2 6
Samoa U20 3 1 0 3 1
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand U20 3 3 0 0 15
Scotland U20 3 2 0 1 9
Italy U20 3 1 0 2 6
Ireland U20 3 0 0 3 2
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa U20 3 2 1 0 12
France U20 3 2 1 0 11
Argentina U20 3 1 0 2 6
Georgia U20 3 0 0 3 0
RELATED ARTICLES