Imhoff inspired by father’s words

Date published: October 21 2015

Argentina winger Juan Imhoff has opened up the emotion behind his impressive celebration following his second try against Ireland.

The Racing 92 back has been in terrific form throughout the Rugby World Cup for his country.

Imhoff revealed that a conversation with his father had inspired him to perform at the highest level for such an important fixture.

“It was something that we (Imhoff and his father) talked about and he was very happy about what we achieved," Imhoff said.

"He said to me, ‘You are 27 and know what you can do’. It was a very good match personally and collectively.

"When I dived, the emotions overtook me and I couldn’t control them, but I must control them in future to avoid any risk.”

Imhoff's spectacular dive has been a sensation on the internet, but while he's enjoyed watching it back that hasn't stopped the winger from working on other areas.

“My dad used to tell me, ‘Don’t worry about the day-to-day things you do on the pitch. But aside from the photo I have had to watch videos of the things I did wrong in the match and which I need to improve, because there is still much of this tournament to play.”

Sunday's semi-final will be a monumental moment for Argentinian rugby and Imhoff admitted that he felt for those players who had helped the side get to this point.

“We have all suffered to get here. There are many players who are not here today and that is difficult to take. I was so happy for the team."