19 Jun, 06:50
A single point separated the sides as a hard-fought 5th-8th place play-off finished in France's favour at Stade Henri Desgrange on Tuesday night. Check out some photos from Ireland's fourth IRB Junior World Championsip match.
Henry said "there are no excuses, the Irish played superbly, they have matured as a side, they are playing with confidence and a very positive attitude. That said I am very disappointed, i'd have to be after a result like that."
Quinnell bemoaned the number of penalyies his side conceded. "We gave away too many penalties early on. The Irish pressure forced us into making mistakes. Now we have to try and eradicate the negatives and work towards improving our game."
Eddie O'Sullivan the Irish coach felt that, "The good start and the early scores helped us settle but the turning point really was the start to the second half and again the early scores.There had been a lot of pressure on the side, there was a lot of expectation out there and I'm happy to say the players handled that extremely well.".