Wednesday 29 January 2020

End of the World Cup dream

Tierney laments another slow start in French defeat

Ireland's Alison Miller. Photo: PA
Ireland's Alison Miller. Photo: PA
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Ireland coach Tom Tierney was left to count the cost of another slow start as France crushed the hosts' World Cup dream.

Tierney admitted that his side were "heartbroken" by the defeat that leaves them facing an unwanted fifth-to-eighth place play-off against Australia next Tuesday. France scored three tries in a rampant opening half-hour that ultimately left Ireland with far too much to do to claw their way back into the game.

"Obviously we are heartbroken," a bitterly disappointed Tierney said.

"The girls gave it absolutely everything. It wasn't meant to be tonight for whatever reason and we'll have to have a look at that.

"The girls are heartbroken inside, the whole management are heartbroken. But we have to take it on the chin and look forward.

"We knew that they were going to come at us in the first 20 minutes. It was a typical way that France come at you. We tried our best but unfortunately in that first half, we just didn't have the ball and France were very, very clinical."

Ireland captain Claire Molloy conceded that Ireland's sloppy errors cost them a shot at earning a semi-final place.

"It's immensely frustrating. We worked very hard to get into their 22 and then simple handling errors left us down. If we could play all of our games in the second half we would be a lot happier today."

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