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Marshall owns up to costly error

Published 18/11/2013 | 08:06

Centre Luke Marshall has shouldered the blame for Australia's pivotal third try in Ireland's 32-15 defeat in Dublin on Saturday.
Centre Luke Marshall has shouldered the blame for Australia's pivotal third try in Ireland's 32-15 defeat in Dublin on Saturday.

Luke Marshall has accepted full responsibility for Australia's pivotal third try in Ireland's 32-15 defeat on Saturday - and pledged not to repeat his mistake.

The Ulster centre missed a first-up tackle on livewire Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper in Ireland's defensive line, gifting the visitors the try that effectively sealed victory.

Frustrated by his error, Marshall quickly shouldered the blame but was also relieved to receive firm backing from head coach Joe Schmidt.

Marshall said: "I've just got to deal with it - this is the standard of rugby I want to be playing and when you make mistakes, sometimes you've just got to put your hand up and get on with it - and learn from it.

"Joe (Schmidt) came over to me straight afterwards in the changing rooms, and said I just have to move on.

"It's Test rugby, it's one of those things that happens: one mistake sometimes leads to a try.

"But I appreciated him coming over, he did understand, and it's nice to have that backing.

"It's given me a lot of confidence for him to give me that opportunity. The challenge of course is to take that forward now."

Marshall knows there is precious little time to dwell on Saturday's comprehensive four-try Wallabies loss with a game against New Zealand looming on Sunday.

"We can't feel sorry for ourselves," said the 22-year-old.

"We've got to get through the video analysis, work hard this week and move on. It's as big as it comes now this week.

"A couple of mistakes gave them soft tries; that fed their confidence and put us in problems.

"It was pretty flat in the changing rooms, but I think we all knew when we were coming off the pitch that we should have done better."

New boss Schmidt refused to lambast four-cap Marshall for missing the routine tackle on Cooper that cost Ireland the first score of the second half.

The former schoolteacher said: "Individual players still have a lot to learn.

"When Cooper danced through, there are some things that need to be learned there, because we were really well matched-up.

"But you cannot account for a guy who's still really young and still learning, and I think that was pretty evident if you look at it again.

"The best thing about that is that he'll learn from it. The worst thing about it is that he's learning from it in the Test arena, where everything counts.

"Everything's a final, you only get one shot at it and you've got to deliver it."

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