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VIDEO – Looking forward to the challenge says Tuilagi

04 October 2011

  • Manu Tuilagi admits Scotland game did no go entirely to plan
  • I was just happy we came away with the win – Tuilagi

Manu Tuilagi has admitted that last Saturday’s Pool B decider against Scotland did not go entirely to plan for England but is thrilled about the upcoming prospect of an RWC quarter-final against France.

The 20-year-old Leicester Tigers centre began by giving due credit to the Auld Enemy, who led for the 77 minutes of the contest at Eden Park before Chris Ashton’s last-gasp try snatched a 16-12 victory.

Man Tuilagi faces the media

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“Fair play to the Scottish, they took it to us right from the start,” said Tuilagi, three days after winning his sixth Test cap. “We didn’t perform the way we wanted to.

“When I watched it back, the first half seemed really slow and we couldn’t get much ball at all. It got a little better in the second half so I was just happy we came away with the win.”

Despite enjoying another strong individual performance during the largely disjointed match, Tuilagi was self-deprecating as he assessed his own showing and looked ahead to the start of the knockout stages this weekend.

“I was alright and I am really proud of what I am doing but there are still a lot of things to work on,” he explained. “It is always good to make some carries but we need to get better to beat the French.

“They have quality players who will make it very tough for us. I am looking forward to the challenge, though, because this is what it is all about. Hopefully I will get selected again."