Sch­midt: It was about char­ac­ter

The Rugby Paper - - Internationals -

IRE­LAND head coach Joe Sch­midt praised his side: “A heck of a lot of it tonight was about char­ac­ter.

“The Wal­la­bies came back in waves, but credit to Jor­dan Lar­mour, Jordi Mur­phy, Tadhg Beirne for coming into a real fur­nace and coming out on the other side.

“I hope that fur­nace helps them be­come the di­a­monds that we need.

“The prov­inces do a great job look­ing af­ter the play­ers and mak­ing sure they have enough juice in the tank. I don’t think we could play again next week, though, I think all that juice has gone.”

Aus­tralia coach Michael Cheika said: “It could have gone ei­ther way, it was pretty tight. Some things didn’t go for us, you need some­thing to go your way but per­haps they man­aged the sin bin pe­ri­ods bet­ter.

“We have got to lick our wounds a lit­tle, I re­ally feel for our sup­port­ers and I prom­ise them we will be back against New Ze­land in bet­ter shape.”

Ire­land try scorer CJ Stander said: “We knew it was go­ing to be a cup fi­nal for us coming down here, es­pe­cially as it was the last game of the sea­son.

“We just got out there and gave it 100 per cent. We knew Aus­tralia would at­tack us from minute one. We pride our­selves on our de­fence. They came at us wave af­ter wave for the last 20 min­utes and we stood up and I am im­mensely proud of the guys.”

Aus­tralia No. 8 David Po­cock said: “It was a great bat­tle. Each week we were try­ing to an­a­lyse their game and see what weak­nesses of ours they were go­ing to try to tar­get.

“But credit to them, maybe their game man­age­ment was a lit­tle bet­ter across the se­ries.”

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