SHANE’S UP FOR IT

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By TOBY SHAW in Ro­torua

SHANE JEN­NINGS has told his Ire­land team-mates to back up their stun­ning vic­tory over Aus­tralia by chal­leng­ing for sil­ver­ware in New Zealand.

A quar­ter-fi­nal against Wales beck­ons af­ter hum­bling the Tri-Na­tions cham­pi­ons and tour­na­ment sec­ond favourites 15-6 at Eden Park on Satur­day. Fur­ther fix­tures against Rus­sia, in Ro­torua on Sun­day, and Italy in Dunedin a week later must be ne­go­ti­ated to se­cure pas­sage into the knock­out stages.

But while Ire­land are well placed to fin­ish as Pool C lead­ers, Jen­nings in­sists it is time to put the Wal­la­bies in the rear-view mir­ror. He said: “It’s a pool game – that's all it was.

“ We want to win pool games and quar­ter-fi­nals, but peo­ple have to un­der­stand that we’re in this to win tro­phies.

“I’m not play­ing it down, it was a bril­liant and mas­sive win for Ire­land. But it was just a pool game.

“ We’re ca­pa­ble of re­sults like that. But it's gone now. There’s no point get­ting two wins, then fall­ing over your next two op­po­nents.”

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