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RWC 2003 REACTION – England encouraged by attack in Uruguay win

04 November 2013

  • Lewsey applauds excellent England forwards
  • Moody looks ahead to Wales in RWC quarter-final

Five-try full back Josh Lewsey played down the significance of his achievement during England’s 111-13 win over Uruguay, preferring to credit his teammates for improved cohesion with ball in hand.

London Wasps flyer Lewsey displayed some electric finishing on the way to equalling the England record for an individual haul, but was eager to praise his side for finishing their Pool C campaign on a high.

“It was nice to get to a 100 points but the important thing was going into the quarter-final stages with a good performance,” he explained.

“In attack, we’ve been slightly below par, so we came out today first of all to enjoy ourselves and secondly to stamp our structure on the game. For 90 per cent of the time, I think we did that.

Josh Lewsey sprints clear

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“We were a little bit disappointed to let them in for a try, but such is the ambition of this side.

“It’s great that I’ve scored five, but the way the back three play reflects how the rest of the team play – if we get the ball on the front foot in space, we are going to score tries. The forwards were fantastic today and Catty and Paul Grayson spun it into space.”

Echoing those sentiments, Clive Woodward also paid tribute to Uruguay, whose persistence and heart were rewarded with a try in the second half.

“I’m very satisfied indeed. It was a difficult week for us, but we came out and played with a lot more width on the game. There were a lot of good individual performances, so it’s a happy dressing room.

“Well done to Uruguay as well – it was tough for them backing up after playing on Tuesday night [against Georgia]. I wasn’t pleased they scored a try, but – in a way – I was.”

Lewis Moody scores England's opener

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Scrum half Andy Gomarsall crossed for two of England’s 17 tries and highlighted the role of a hugely enthusiastic crowd at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

He said: “The Barmy Army out there were unreal and really made me think ‘this is why I play this game.’

“It was a great day and if we can keep the support from the fans going forward, it’s going to help us a lot. We’re getting reports that the hype back home is big, too.”

England now face Wales in the last eight of the Rugby World Cup, and Lewis Moody was braced for the heightened intensity of the knockout stages.

“This is the crucial part of the tournament now, so we need to set our focus on beating Wales. It’s a completely different kettle of fish.”

To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the 2003 Rugby World Cup win, RFU.com is posting highlights and reaction from each of England's matches. On Friday, head here for highlights from the quarter-final against Wales.