"Obviously I'm very happy. We'd worked very hard all week on how we'd approach the game tactically - mentally and physically - but you never know until the off whether everything is going to fall into place. I'd say over the 80 minutes, by and large, everything did, so I'd be very very relieved in some ways and very happy."
" We played the first 20 minutes like we said we would. We took the fizz and pop out of them by putting the ball in behind them, slowed the game down as much as we could and waited until we were in position to fire the bullets. Then we got the crucial try that took a lot of the pressure off us So the game went pretty much according to plan except of course for the bit at the start."
"It was good to be 13 points up at the break. We always knew there'd be a patch when Scotland would come after us in an awesome fashion. I think there was a huge turning point in the second half."" I said to the lads at half time that they would come at us at some point. They'd come in waves and they'd really test us, so we'd have to show a lot of resolve because one score and they'd be back in the game."
"We went through a horrendous time on our line. They were coming at us from all angles. I thought we'd lifted the siege only to find a flag bringing us back and we had to start all over again but once we got out of there and got a score on the board, that was the turning point of the game".
" As it went on we looked more comfortable but to be fair, the scoreline probably didn't fully reflect the performance but you take it when you get it. I mean a huge amount of work went into turning the tide. We went through a ropey period but lads showed a lot of character, a lot of guts, did a lot of hard work, and at the end of the day I suppose we got what we deserved."
" I think to be honest we were lucky a couple of times but having said that, there was a lot of hard work, a lot of tackling and a lot of guys getting up off the ground and making more tackles, which is really what it's all about." "Once we broke their resolve at that point we were back in charge of the match but we needed to come through that period intact. We did and I'm very pleased with that."