Saturday 20 January 2018

Dejected Sean O'Brien believes Ireland should have finished them off

24 November 2013; Sean O'Brien, Ireland, is tackled by Andrew Hore, New Zealand. Guinness Series International, Ireland v New Zealand, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 November 2013; Sean O'Brien, Ireland, is tackled by Andrew Hore, New Zealand. Guinness Series International, Ireland v New Zealand, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Sean O'Brien admitted his bitter disappointment after Ireland suffered a heroic added-time defeat to New Zealand in Dublin.

The All Blacks came back from 19 points down to claim a 24-22 victory thanks to a last-gasp try from Ryan Crotty and a twice-taken conversion from Aaron Cruden.

It was a cruel conclusion to a magnificent performance by the Irish, whose long wait for a first win over New Zealand continued.

O'Brien said on BBC2: "We are not happy losing the game like that. We started so well and got such a lead, not finishing them off, we have to have a long, hard look at ourselves and see where we can improve.

"They have that belief, that's what we have to get to.

"I think there was a little bit of trust needed in the last couple of minutes. It's just really, really disappointing. We have to assess (what happened) next time we get into camp together."

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