One night after the Rugby World Cup France's match between Japan and England, Assistant Coach John Mitchell of the Japan National Team's defence took a look back at the match.
On the 17th, the Japan National Rugby National Team faced England, the runners-up of the previous tournament, in the second match of the first round, losing 1-2 to improve their record to 12 win and 34 loss in the first round.
On the 1th, one day after the match against England, John Mitchell, the coach in charge of defence of the Japan National Team, spoke to the media online.
Mitchell said: "It's disappointing with the result, but we had some good things about our performance, and England were lucky in terms of other factors besides getting a base. We had chances but we couldn't control them. It's a small difference, but it's important in a match at this level."
On the other hand, the players boldly made tackles and defended tenaciously to prevent the goal from scoring in a pinch.
Coach Mitchell praised the team, saying, "They showed a great fight in defence with their backs to the goal line, and I think it was the best defence I've ever played."
"The players gave it their all, we don't have to look down. We will focus on the good points and move on to the next match."
Regarding Samoa, who will face Samoa in the third match, he was wary, saying, "They will move forward strongly with the ball and put pressure on us in scrums and mauls.
Japan next match against Samoa on 29th
The Japan National Team will face Samoa on 10 this month, which is Japan time away from 29 days.
The players will rest for a few more days before moving to Toulouse, where the match will be held on the 21st, to continue their preparations.