Day three wrap up - Youth Touch World Cup
Opens Coach Tony Trad talks us through what happened on day 3…
“Our 20s Boys this morning had a loss to New Zealand in a high-scoring encounter. They didn’t get the defence right, I think, to be honest. I think New Zealand played particularly well. Probably right across the board we’re starting to see the first signs of fatigue – from the sun and the heat, humidity draining players a bit. So they had a loss, but they’re right up there again.
“Our 18s Boys, they’ve gone along pretty smoothly today – they played New Zealand in the final game today and won.
“We’re still very confident we can get two gold medals in our Boys program.”
“Women’s are looking fantastic, to be honest. In all honesty, in all my time – and that’s a long time – I’ve never seen 18s and 20s women playing so well. I know it’s a big rap, but their structures are terrific, the camaraderie, their systems are really good, their defence shape is great, their running, it’s attractive football – not a lot of stop-start. I said that about the Mixed yesterday, and I think the women are following suit.
“I think they’re travelling brilliantly. They’re nice and refreshed, their coaches are managing them, the staff prepared them really well. I couldn’t split the 18s and 20s, I think they both look brilliant. Our program looks very solid for a good many years to come.
“In both divisions, they’re real teams. You’ve got some fantastic players, but their ceiling and their basement, there are no peaks and troughs, it’s very close. And they’re role models, they’re really good kids. They leave the tent so neat, they play the game in great spirit, they have a great spirit amongst themselves, great respect for the opposition, they’re role models.”
“I think our 18s Mixed are travelling really nicely. They’ve had another fantastic win today against New Zealand. It was an all-hands-on-deck-type situation, and I think they got a very nice (10-7) win. So I still think they’re looking very good and on-track. Some fresh play tomorrow is going to help them immensely, I think.
“The 20s Mixed had their first loss of the campaign today, to New Zealand, but no alarm bells yet. I think they were trying a few different things that didn’t work – they’ve acknowledged that. The main thing is for them to just get through this heat, get to tomorrow’s final with fresh bodies, get some fresh legs in there and just stay healthy.