SHANE’S UP FOR IT
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.”
Wilkinson says Johnson (inset) pulled no punches