Pichot told reporters that the team had hoped to play in the final, but were more than satisfied with their feat.
He said: "What we have achieved is very nice. We dreamt about being even higher, but we didn't play well against South Africa in the semi-final.
"Fortunately, we reacted and beat France.
"I'm proud of being the captain of this group of players. It was an honour for me. We had conviction, friendship and solidarity."
Hernandez added: "Despite the fact we were not champions, we clinched an extraordinary triumph because third place is very good. It's been a prize for the whole team.
"I truly wanted to be champion. Losing the South Africa match was painful, but the team got over it and beat France in great form."