Wednesday 18 October 2017

Off the Ball: Blaming ourselves only serves to hold us back

All Blacks agony not down to fate or DNA -- it was just two mistakes that can be rectified

Paul O'Connell, right, and Brian O'Driscoll, Ireland, following their defeat. Guinness Series International, Ireland v New Zealand, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Paul O'Connell, right, and Brian O'Driscoll, Ireland, following their defeat. Guinness Series International, Ireland v New Zealand, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
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All day on Monday I had a pain in both legs from literally being on the edge of my seat for the entire All Blacks game on Sunday.

It was a physical experience at Lansdowne Road for the fans as well as the players. As 'heartbreaking', 'heartbroken', 'Sexton' and 'devastated' trended on Sunday afternoon, the grim reality of what had transpired was being assessed by most of the country.

There was much talk about our DNA, our genetic make-up being somehow inferior to that of our opponents on Sunday.

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