Vincent Hogan: A bitter pill to swallow
Published 14/02/2011 | 05:00
The day is just a smear of regret as Jamie Heaslip slips into a 'mixed zone' over-run with Frenchmen.
Marc Lievremont has despatched everyone bar the team physio down into this tomb to explain how they rode the pendulum of a manic contest. In the press room, he's been talking about moments of "absolute panic", of imploring his team "not to be idiots" as the clock ran down.
Damning us with faint praise, you might say, until -- unsolicited -- he drew a hobnail boot back, like the catch on a revolver, and released it in Ireland's direction.