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‘We have been the higher aspect however the scoreboard doesn’t present that’

‘We have been the higher aspect however the scoreboard doesn’t present that’


The regrets have been a lot when Nathan Gray offered his sizzling tackle his Junior Wallabies’ pool marketing campaign on the Junior World Championship which completed with a 22-all draw versus England.

Having pulled stage within the closing minutes in Athlone on Tuesday with an unconverted attempt, the Aussies had probabilities to seize the win that would have denied the English their semi-final qualification progress because the event’s finest runner-up.

Victory wouldn’t have squeezed Gray’s squad into the Championship play-offs however all the identical, it will have been good to have overwhelmed England to complete second in Pool B and alleviate a few of the frustration felt after their second-round loss to pool winners Eire final Thursday.

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That 10-30 setback in Paarl had them fuming as a citing towards an Eire ahead, who wasn’t penalised in the course of the recreation, was deemed to be a purple card offence at a subsequent disciplinary listening to.

It left Gray and co pondering how completely different that outcome may need been because the unlawful collision occurred on 35 minutes at a time when Australia have been main, and they might have then performed towards an opposition down a person for 45 minutes.

No surprise their lingering feeling that 2023 will likely be remembered as a marketing campaign that perhaps unfairly obtained away on them. “Irritating and disappointing for our guys,” bemoaned Gray to RugbyPass within the wake of his staff’s cut up with England. “We have been the higher aspect however the scoreboard doesn’t present that. That’s rugby.

“While you create alternatives that you must end them off. The pleasing factor was we stayed within the contest and created, however the boys will likely be very annoyed that we didn’t nail these alternatives. The aspect has been getting higher every pool recreation, which is necessary at a event.

“Our entrance row was immense. That they had a really large shift. It was a troublesome problem enjoying England in that set-piece perspective, however our forwards have been actually, actually good.

“The three pool video games are completed now and we are going to see the place we land however the thrilling factor for the gamers is we’ve got obtained two extra video games, two extra alternatives to play collectively and play the model of footy that we might be happy with.”

First up will likely be Tasman rivals New Zealand in a fifth-to-eighth-place semi-final on Sunday simply weeks after the pair shared a two-match pre-tournament sequence. “I can assure that the gamers will likely be actually enthusiastic about enjoying these subsequent two video games.

“We’ll take the learnings out of it, the positives. There may be loads of them however nonetheless, we’ve got obtained to verify we’re executing and ending off these alternatives we’re creating.”



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