Saturday 24 March 2018

The best team won, insists D'Arcy

Niall Crozier

IRELAND'S Gordon D'Arcy wasn't making any excuses following Saturday's Paris drubbing. Mistakes cost Ireland dearly he admitted.

Against that, he refused to concede that the RBS 6 Nations Championship has gone.

D'Arcy, who started in the centre alongside his Leinster partner and Irish captain Brian O'Driscoll, but ended up playing on the wing following a reshuffle owing to Rob Kearney's injury, conceded that France had been the better side and deserved to win.

Asked about the try that got away when the ball failed to bounce in Ireland's favour following his clever chip and chase early on, he was philosophical.

Responding to a suggestion that a try under the posts at a time when the match was scoreless might have made a big difference, he said: "No point in talking about what ifs.

"There's plenty of other stuff in the game that went either right or wrong for us.

"The bounce of a ball is going to kick either way. If it had gone straight , it's a certain try. If it kicks off the post ... .

"You've got to roll with those punches."

Like Declan Kidney he highlighted the fact that a number of little things -- "details" the coach called them -- had gone wrong rather than any one big thing.

"I think we probably had the highest numbers of knock ons -- as in unforced errors -- in a long time. And those little errors just accumulated.

"I think I said last week that we'd let Italy out of their 22 cheaply. We let these guys out of their 22 cheaply, too.

"You can call this a kick in the backside. You can put 101 different names on it.

"But the championship is still open," he insisted. "That's been a reality check and we know what we have to do."

Source: Belfast Telegraph

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