Junior Wales are 'mentally tough'

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:45
Large rhodri williams630 Large wales argu20s

Wales Under-20 scrumhalf Rhodri Williams says his side will be mentally tough for their Junior World Championship Final against England on Sunday.

Wales Under-20 scrumhalf Rhodri Williams says his side have developed a mental toughness that will help them in the Junior World Championship Final against England on Sunday.

The young side have beaten Samoa, Scotland, Argentina and South Africa on their way to becoming the first Welsh team to reach a JWC final, and Scarlets scrumhalf Williams believes some of that edge comes from their only defeat in the Six Nations - to England.

Williams said: "It is a brilliant achievement to reach the final but we are already very focussed on that next challenge which is to win on Sunday.

"We are not carried away with our progress to date. We had one day of recovery and then we were straight back into our analysis and preparation for the final.

"We are not over-confident - England beat us convincingly in the Six Nations - so we won't be getting ahead of ourselves. However, we have shown in this tournament that we have the determination to dig in right to the end and win matches.

"We are going to need at least the same amount of commitment to beat England on Sunday," Williams said.

Having been beaten by the English in the Six Nations earlier in the year, the Welsh side knows what it feels like and do not want to have that feeling again in the biggest game of their careers this far.

"When we lost to England in the Six Nations, we were distraught and as Ellis [captain Ellis Jenkins] has said throughout this campaign, we don't want to feel like that again. That thought will give us even more motivation to win on Sunday.

"Without taking anything away from England - they were excellent on the night - we didn’t get certain things right when we played them in the Six Nations.

"We have built as a group during this tournament and shown we can adapt to different styles of opposition.

"Our defence has also been good, which will be important on Sunday," added the scrumhalf.

Williams says the side will be helped on Sunday by some extra Welsh support.

"Support from back home has been brilliant. Some families haven't been able to come out until now but a lot more are coming for the final so that will give the boys an extra  boost.

"England are a great side, they are very fast and physical and they stopped New Zealand playing out wide in the first-half. It should be a really good game on Sunday, we can’t wait," Williams mentioned.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Mon, 27 February 2017
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
CUT-Ixias v UJ 16h30 Bloemfontein
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke 17h00 Bloemfontein
Thu, 02 March 2017
Force v Reds 10h30 Perth
Fri, 03 March 2017
Chiefs v Blues 06h35 Hamilton
Ulster v Treviso 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Edinburgh v Ospreys 19h35 Myreside
Connacht v Zebre 19h35 Ascoli Piceno
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 20h15 AJ Bell Stadium
Sat, 04 March 2017
Hurricanes v Rebels 04h15 Wellington
Highlanders v Crusaders 06h45 Dunedin
Brumbies v Sharks 08h45 Canberra
Sunwolves v Kings 10h55 Singapore
Lions v Waratahs 13h05 Johannesburg
Glasgow Warriors v Dragons 15h00 Scotstoun Stadium
Bath v Wasps 15h00 Recreation Ground
Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs 15h00 Welford Road
Gloucester v Harlequins 15h00 Kingsholm
Worcester Warriors v Bristol 15h00 Sixways
Stormers v Jaguares 15h15 Cape Town
Cardiff Blues v Munster 17h15 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Cheetahs v Bulls 17h30 Bloemfontein
Leinster v Scarlets 19h35 RDS Arena
Sun, 05 March 2017
Newcastle Falcons v Saracens 15h00 Kingston Park
Mon, 06 March 2017
UP-Tuks v CUT-Ixias 14h45 Pretoria
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