Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Ferris backs Wales to win

Stephen Ferris
Stephen Ferris

Stephen Ferris is convinced Wales can win the Rugby World Cup after their 22-10 victory over Ireland in the quarter-finals.

Ferris was highly impressed with the Welsh performance at Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday, and has seen enough to know they are capable of beating anyone left in the tournament.

"If Wales play like they did against us, there's no reason why they can't win the World Cup," said the Ulster back row.

"They were very smart and took every opportunity. They have big, strong ball carriers and a magnificent back row.

"They've brought in a lot of young guys who have confidence and self-belief.

"They have the right blend of youth and experience. Fair play to them, they beat us."

Ireland returned home on Monday contemplating what might have been after they missed a superb opportunity to reach the semi-finals for the first time.

In public they had refused to look beyond the next match, but privately they felt they were capable of winning the World Cup themselves.

"It's gutting that we're going home. We felt we could stay out here another couple of weeks," added Ferris.

"We firmly believed that we could win this match and this competition. Unfortunately it hasn't happened."

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