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
Sat, 29 April 2017
Chiefs v Sunwolves 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Waratahs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Force v Lions 11h55 Perth
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Ospreys v Ulster 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Saracens v Bristol 14h00 Allianz Park
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Cheetahs v Crusaders 15h15 Bloemfontein
Treviso v Munster 17h05 Stadio Monigo
Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Scarlets 18h35 Sportsground
Jaguares v Blues 19h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
Fri, 05 May 2017
Hurricanes v Stormers 07h35 Westpac Stadium
Cheetahs v Highlanders 17h00 Bloemfontein
Sat, 06 May 2017
Zebre v Treviso 22h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Ulster v Leinster 22h00 Kingspan Stadium
Scarlets v Ospreys 22h00 Parc y Scarlets
Munster v Connacht 22h00 Thomond Park
Northampton Saints v Harlequins 22h00 Franklin's Gardens
Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers 22h00 Sixways
Bristol v Newcastle Falcons 22h00 Ashton Gate
Sale Sharks v Bath 22h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Wasps v Saracens 22h00 Ricoh Arena
Gloucester v Exeter Chiefs 22h00 Kingsholm
Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh 22h00 Scotstoun Stadium
Dragons v Cardiff Blues 22h00 Rodney Parade
UNDER-20 WORLD CUP
MORE LOGS
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Ireland U20 3 3 0 0 13
New Zealand U20 3 2 0 1 10
Wales U20 3 1 0 2 7
Georgia U20 3 0 0 3 1
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
England U20 3 3 0 0 14
Scotland U20 3 2 0 1 9
Australia U20 3 1 0 2 7
Italy U20 3 0 0 3 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
Argentina U20 3 3 0 0 13
South Africa U20 3 2 0 1 11
France U20 3 1 0 2 6
Japan U20 3 0 0 3 0
RELATED ARTICLES