Six Nations: George North points to Welsh unity as key to beating France
Last Updated: 10/02/13 2:13pm
George North: Scored Wales' try against France
George North believes that Wales' unity was the major factor in their victory over France in the Six Nations.
The 20-year-old winger's late try helped Wales to 16-6 victory over Les Bleus in Paris on Saturday, their first win against a Test-playing nation in nine attempts.
The win boosts Wales' hopes of challenging for silverware in this season's competition and North feels it is all down to desire and determination.
"Obviously it's a lot of pent-up energy that we've had, but as a squad we have stuck together. We've worked hard together, and I thought that showed in the end," said Scarlets player North.
"We always back our fitness, and it certainly showed, but you can always hear when the crowd start to get behind France or on France, and it is always dangerous times when that happens.
"I think what was good from our point of view was that we started strongly.
"We took a lot of pressure initially, but we also exerted a lot ourselves and took the points when we needed to. Finishing as strongly as we did, the boys will be happy with that performance.
"I think everyone has taken a lot of flak, but we will stick together as a unit and go forward as a unit whatever is thrown at us."
"I think everyone has taken a lot of flak, but we will stick together as a unit and go forward as a unit whatever is thrown at us.
"We said beforehand that we had to start strong to face France in Paris - an angry France in Paris - and I felt our week of preparation was great. We have stuck together through the hard times, and that really showed."
In a closely-contested game, the teams were level at 6-6 before North broke the deadlock, taking his chance superbly by gathering Dan Biggar's kick and touching down before Leigh Halfpenny converted before adding a penalty.
"A lot of hard work led up to it, and then there was a bit of vision from 'Bigs' and then it came off at the end with a nice bounce for me and I was in at the corner," added North.
"It was a little bit of panic stations at first, but then I was lucky to get the bounce and I put it over the line.
"There is still a lot to play for and a lot to achieve for us. We went blow for blow with France - a lot of pressure came through from both teams - and we came through pretty well."