Saturday 16 December 2017

Kiss has case for defence

IRELAND defence coach Les Kiss says the players still believe in the defensive system, despite Saturday's 33-10 hammering by France, WRITES HUGH FARRELLY.

Kiss oversaw the defensive surety that backboned Ireland's Grand Slam success last year but, last weekend, the French broke through repeatedly and crossed for three tries -- the same number of touchdowns that Ireland conceded in the entire 2009 championship. However, the Australian is adamant that the defence will come good again.

"There is no loss of belief. When we looked at it in the cold, hard light of day, it was just some communication issues. But there's no need to change anything, they were very disappointed they had let themselves and each other down.

"We have just got to make sure we focus on the little things that will get us back up to the level that we were. One game doesn't make you a bad defensive team."

Irish Independent

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