Chiefs prop Craig Mitchell targets big Wales effort
PROP Craig Mitchell says Wales will be gunning for France this weekend after their opening defeat against Ireland – despite his first international try.
The Exeter Chiefs ace was sent on from the bench in Saturday's opening Six Nations encounter at the Millennium Stadium. And he forced his way over from close range in Wales' 30-22 defeat. This weekend they face France at the Stade de France (5pm).
Mitchell said: "It's great to be back in the Welsh camp again as I've not been in it since the World Cup in New Zealand, but hopefully I can keep playing well and be part of the squad for the rest of the tournament.
"We're disappointed with the result on Saturday against Ireland, but our aim this week will be to put things right and put in a massive performance against the French."
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While naturally delighted to claim his first try for his country, the 26-year-old said there was no time to celebrate as Wales were still hoping to get something out of the match with time running out.
"The first half was very frustrating for us, but we came in at half-time and changed a few things and we were much better in the second half," he said.
"To get on and get another cap was hugely pleasing because that was one of my aims for the year ahead.
"The past 12 months have been very tough what with two shoulder operations and a ruptured bicep, but I've worked hard with all the medical staff at Exeter to get back playing again.
"To get my first try was also pretty special. However, I didn't really celebrate too much because it was more important to get back and start the game again because we still had a chance of maybe getting something at the end."