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Ireland captain stands by controversial calls

Duncan Bech

Published 25/02/2013 | 04:00

CAPTAIN Jamie Heaslip stood by the calls he made during Ireland's disastrous defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield.

Ireland spurned two tricky chances to kick for goal in the first half, instead opting for touch and an attacking line-out, and captain Heaslip (right) was adamant that they had made the correct decisions

"They were the right decisions given the momentum of the game at those points," Heaslip explained.

"We were applying a lot of pressure. Some kicking opportunities for the post we took, and on the other ones it was better to go for the corner.

"We weren't accurate with our opportunities and Scotland took theirs, which is disappointing.

"We made a good few line breaks and applied pressure, but maybe we weren't accurate enough.

"In the second half we hit the ground running with the try. We knew Scotland could stay in games with very little possession. We felt confident and were focused in what we had to do.

"Confidence hasn't become an issue. In the second half we were good with the ball in hand. It was another close game and missed opportunity."

Irish Independent

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