Sunday 25 February 2018

Kidney deflects questions over his future after frustrating defeat

Ireland coach Declan Kidney
Ireland coach Declan Kidney

DECLAN KIDNEY deflected questions regarding his future after Ireland somehow managed to lose 12-8 to Scotland despite overwhelmingly dominating possession and territory.

With his contract with the IRFU due to expire in the summer, Kidney decided to focus on France in a fortnight’s time rather than his contract situation.

“I’ve always said that my role is all about getting ready for the next match. That’s what it always has been and that’s what it always will be,” he told RTE.

Kidney rued a number of missed chances, in the first half especially, but was pleased with the performance of debutant Paddy Jackson in general play.

“It’s about taking your opportunities and there were times in the first half when we didn’t take our opportunities that came our way,” Kidney added.

“We made the line-breaks but didn’t manage to finish them off. We put ourselves in good positions several times but unfortunately turned over the ball to them.

“If you look at his input into the line-breaks he(Jackson) had a major part in that and that’s why we picked him because we knew he could bring that to our game.

“There’s two roles to an out-half, there’s the playing of the game and the place kicking. Unfortunately there was a few place-kicks that went awry. I think it was more the other opportunities that cost us at the end of the day.

“I thought the rest of his game was good and strong for us.”

Kidney believes Ireland must learn how to win tight games after two consecutive defeats by less than a converted try.

“We have to regroup now and take this adversity on the chin and learn how to win these tight matches,” he said.

“We can knock on the door in these matches but we have to learn how to finish them out.”

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