Quotes of the day - Saturday, 21 September

After three more matches on the second day of Rugby World Cup 2019, here is a selection of the best comments from coaches and players.

TOKYO, 21 Sep - A selection of the best quotes from Rugby World Cup 2019 on Saturday, 21 September.

"If you concede 10 penalties against them they will kick you all over the place."
- Defeated South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus bemoans offering kicking opportunities to New Zealand - and Richie Mo'unga, above, in particular.

"I thought I was going to die with all the pressure."
- The host nation's fly-half Yu Tamura goes through the mill following sleepless nights, a nervous start to the tournament's opening match, and missing two from four conversions in Japan's 30-10 victory against Russia. 

"The beer festival was about 12 over-65s having a few pints so I think it is a bit of an exaggeration saying it was a beer festival. They didn't keep us up at all. There is a cut-off point and they had go to bed."
- England attack coach Scott Wisemantel on the 'beer festival' taking place in the team hotel on Friday night.

"You can't go low on them - you might get knocked out. If you go high on them, you get pushed off. You've got to find that balance, that sweet spot where to hit them."
- Australia centre James O'Connor offers insight into playing Fiji, after his team beat them 39-21 in their opening Pool D match.

"Of course it's easier for us to play together for the Georgian team when we train and work together at the same club. We are together every day. We are very close friends, just like a family." 
- Georgia scrum-half Vasil Lobzhanidze, based in Brive-la-Gaillarde, two hours east of Bordeaux in France, which has become an outpost for Georgian rugby talent in recent years.

"He has been absolutely outstanding in his services to Welsh rugby. He's got better with age, he is like a good wine. He doesn't like me talking about these things but he deserves all the accolades. He has been just such a great servant to Welsh rugby and the pleasing thing, for me, in the last couple of years, is that recognition hasn't been just from Wales, it has been worldwide, too."
- Wales head coach Warren Gatland (NZL) has some warm words for Alun Wyn Jones, pictured above, who will win his 129th cap at the City of Toyota Stadium against Georgia on Monday.

"The obligatory cake and a few pats on the back, jokes from the boys about my age. I'm 21 again, so I just move on."
- Wales second-row Alun Wyn Jones reveals what he received on his 34th birthday last Thursday.

"I really enjoyed the octopus that I caught yesterday (during the team's fishing trip), much to the disappointment of my six-year-old son. I sent him a photo with the octopus alive and then I told him that I ate it."
- Canada head coach Kingsley Jones (WAL) reveals the particular Japanese delicacy that really took his fancy, if not his son's.

"We haven't done anything special. We have enough problems with a dry ball."
- Italy forwards coach Gianpiero De Carli (ITA) has more to worry about than a wet ball in their match against Namibia on Sunday (22 September), when heavy rain is forecast.

"Yes, yes, it depended on one kick, but we won't blame anybody. I admire him (Emiliano Boffelli) very much and we are a team."
- Argentinian front-row forward Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro voices team solidarity after Boffelli failed to land a late, long-range penalty kick in the 23-21 loss to France.

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