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Greggains targets champions scalp

05/06/2019

Back row Lennon Greggains admits Wales will have to be on top of their game to beat reigning champions France at the World U20 Championships – but insists the tense Argentina win gives the team huge confidence.

Wales recorded a thrilling 30-25 win over the Pumas on Tuesday to open the tournament in South America in style.

Dragons ace Greggains – one of eight players from the region involved in the game - was forced off early after picking up a shoulder injury.

However, the 20-year-old from Newport is confident he can play a part when Wales are next in action against the mighty French in Rosario on Saturday (kick-off 5pm UK time).

“The boys are delighted to come out with a win,” said Greggains. “We’ve had a tough six weeks of training so it’s good to get something out of it.

“We knew going away to Argentina was going to be a big challenge, so first one done.

“We’ll take a lot of confidence from beating Argentina as we lost to them last time, but France are reigning champions so we know we have to be on top of our game to get a win there.

“I think we can beat France. We didn’t play the full 80 against them in the Six Nations so I think the games there for the taking. We’re good enough to beat France and Fiji and whoever comes after that, but we’ll see.”

“I’m hoping (the injury) is not going to be as bad as I first thought,” he added. “I took a knock on the shoulder ten minutes in, making a low chop tackle, so I had to go off which was unfortunate.

“Hopefully I will be back for France, as I wouldn’t want to miss two in a row, but we’ll see how things go.”

Greggains also praised the Welsh pack performance and the way they stood up to a physical confrontation and in front of a fired-up and passionate home crowd.

“There was a lot of pressure on us as a pack because we knew Argentina were physical, particularly in front of their home crowd as well,” he said.

“They pride themselves on their scrums and driving mauls, but our boys did well and we managed to get a bit of success ourselves.

“Our set piece was solid, we managed to get a few scrum penalties and gained metres in the drive.

“I don’t think we lost too many balls at our line-out attack, so plenty of positives, but things to work on for our next game against France which will be just as tough.” 

I think we can beat France. We didn’t play the full 80 against them in the Six Nations so I think the games there for the taking...
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