Tuesday 24 October 2017

Peter Bills: Error count dire but Irish heading in right direction

Peter Bills

No wonder Brian O'Driscoll looked like a man who had found a fiver but lost a fortune. The Irish captain's expression at the end of Sunday's game against France could best be described as frustrated. Other, less charitable words come to mind.

One statistic alone from the blur of the weekend's action more than merited O'Driscoll's angst. As a percentage of errors in possession of the ball, Ireland ran up a ludicrous 37pc against the French.

Scotland had been woeful against Wales in Edinburgh the previous evening. Yet, even the Scots had an 'errors in possession' figure of only 26pc. That is shocking but 37pc? Incomprehensible, in modern day professional rugby.

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