Saturday 23 February 2019

'It's called pressure, not milking' – Irish Twitter reaction to George Ford's 'bitter' post-match comments

Declan Whooley

Bath number 10 George Ford has been criticised by Irish rugby fans following his comments yesterday that "the Irish are good at milking penalties" following bath's Champions Cup defeat.

The Aviva Premiership side bowed out at the quarter-final stage following yesterday's 18-15 defeat at the Aviva Stadium.

Bath outscored Matt O'Connor's team two tries to nil as six penalties from the flawless Ian Madigan proved enough to see the province through to a semi-final against either Toulon or Wasps.

While he admitted that his team "were not good enough", Ford also suggested that Leinster played the referee better than the visitors.

"Irish teams are very good at that (earning penalties)," he said post-match. "They are good at squeezing teams and trying to milk penalties and get penalties and build a score doing that. I think Leinster did that today as Ireland did to us against England."

"But we weren't good enough, we should have handled that better. We felt everything was in our control to get a result today."

Ford has now tasted bitter defeat twice in Dublin in the space of a few weeks following Ireland's Six Nations win over the English on March 1.

Irish fans were not impressed with the comments from Ford.

"Potentially world class 10 but very surprised and disappointed by your post match comments, bath/eng simply not good enough," read one tweet.

"The fickle press gang will make bad wine on your sour grapes. Takes from your outstanding performance majorly," read another.

"@George_Fordy a sore looser for both @EnglandRugby and @bathrugby. Another in team because daddy is the coach."

"It's called pressure George, not milking," said another tweet.

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