Saturday 21 April 2018

'12 points tells a big lie' - Eddie O'Sullivan doesn't hold back after 'disastrous' Ireland loss

22 August 2017; A disappointed Anna Caplice of Ireland after the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup 5th Place Semi-Final match between Ireland and Australia at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
22 August 2017; A disappointed Anna Caplice of Ireland after the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup 5th Place Semi-Final match between Ireland and Australia at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Former Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan gave a scathing assessment of the women's team after they were beaten comprehensively by Australia in a play-off for the fifth place final at the Women's Rugby World Cup.

Despite beating Australia in the pool stage, Ireland lost by 12 points at Kingspan Stadium this afternoon, with two late consolation tries putting some respectability on the 36-24 scorelline.

Ireland won their first two pool matches against Australia and Japan, before a defeat to France eliminated them from semi-final contention, and they will now compete in the 7/8th place playoff final.

Speaking on eir Sport's coverage of the match, O'Sullivan was blunt in his analysis.

"Disaster - this is a terrible loss," O'Sullivan said.

"A game we went in with high hopes of winning, we were kind of circling the wagons. We just got beaten out the gate here. You can polish it by saying that we got two late tries but between the 20th and the 70th minute we were played off the park. And again, our defence was appalling right through the game, between missed tackles and lost collisions.

"You can't defend at this level like that and expect to win a game. It takes everything away from you. It was promising in the first 20, we had some good kicking and some good attacking play in general but Australia just killed us physically.

"Australia must be kicking themselves that they didn't play like this in the first game because they would have beaten us as well. This is a disastrous result by any stretch. 12 points tells a big lie here, it's not a 12 point game."

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