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Sunday, March 20, 2011

RBS 6 Nations: Final Kicks

Chris Paterson 11 points (1 conversion & 3 penalty kicks)
"Anyone can beat anyone. It probably gives more weight to how hard it is to beat Italy. In the players' eyes, they've never been the weak link. It maybe will make people realise, who don't realise how hard it is to play against Italy, because they deserved their win."
Mirco Bergamasco 3 points (1 penalty kick)
"Of course it was a great weekend in every respect but we have already moved on. The French page has been turned and we have opened the Scottish page. Murrayfield is all that is important now and we are preparing accordingly. We will be up against a team who are going through a very difficult patch. They may not have won yet but we know how well they can play."

Morgan Parra 13 points (2 conversions & 3 penalty kicks)
"We know we are in a real mess, and we put ourselves there. We just hope that we will have the public behind us and help us to get over it on Saturday. We were total idiots last Saturday. All of us. What happened last weekend has marked us all. Now we are hungry to redeem ourselves and to make up some lost ground."
James Hook 9 points (3 penalty kicks)
"It will be a bit strange playing against future team-mates. I have always loved playing in France, whether for Wales or the Ospreys, and Saturday will be no different. I have not met David Marty yet, but I hope to have a chat with him after the game. We have won three and lost three at Stade de France. After the Millennium Stadium, it is my favourite ground, and we will be looking to express ourselves. France are difficult to analyse, which is the same every year. You never know which French side will turn up, but we can only focus on ourselves."

Jonathan Sexton 14 points (1 conversion & 4 penalty kicks)
"It was a close call who started and I was delighted to get the nod. It's just a brilliant day for everyone involved. It wasn't really about me, it was about me doing as much as I could for the team.... We've just been making individual errors and people have been looking for reasons why we've not been playing well, I think penalties have been killing us as well. We tend to get a little negative in Ireland and sometimes it was warranted, sometimes it wasn't."
Toby Flood 3 points (1 penalty kick)
"You go into every competition to try and win it and we are in a better position than we have been in recent years. But it is a huge disappointment we weren't able to finish it off - and we weren't even close to doing it. They hammered us."

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