Friday 23 February 2018

Lineout a concern for Kidney

The game was a disaster at the set-piece for Ireland, where their lineout in particular fell apart with six throws lost.

"We will have to look at the way we went about our business but we also give credit to South Africa the way they came at us at that phase of play," Kidney said. "That stopped us from getting a bit of possession and would have had an influence on holding field position.

"They're the things we're going to have to take a look at. We probably could have won a bit more ball had we gone to the front of the lineout but we were trying to play so we were putting pressure on ourselves to win middle and back ball. I think their experience came into it. They won it where they could win it, they got their field position and they kept us down there for long periods of time and that held up our scoring."

Ireland nearly drew the game thanks largely to the influence of Ronan O'Gara who came off the bench late in the game to win his 100th cap. "Ronan had a good influence," Kidney said. "Peter [Stringer] had a good influence when he came on. But it was the groundwork laid by the guys who went before them because there was a huge defensive effort that went into the first 60 minutes. So when it did loosen up at the end when guys came in... that's what you're looking for from replacements, to have a positive influence. But it's so easy to write off what happened in the first 60 minutes and I wouldn't be inclined to do that."

Sunday Independent

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