Draw frustrates Kidney

Date published: March 11 2013

Ireland coach Declan Kidney refused to use injuries as an excuse for their failure to finish off France after the 13-13 draw in Dublin.

Ireland coach Declan Kidney rued his side's missed opportunities to finish off France after the 13-13 draw in Dublin.

The 53-year-old may have taken solace from a gutsy performance by the team against Les Bleus, but it is unlikely to end the speculation surrounding his own future.

The Irish had dominated the first half of a bruising encounter between two sides lacking in confidence – France having lost their opening three matches – and in appalling weather of driving rain but had allowed a 13-3 lead slip to end up drawing 13-13.

“Frustration is the word,” said Kidney.

“We had a lot of new guys coming into the team. However, if we had one or two things go our way we would have won.

“We are knocking on the door at being contenders but it is just about taking your chances which makes the difference at this level.

“We had a penalty count which was against us which isn't good enough. We were also inside their 22 three times and gave away two freekicks and a penalty.

“In the second-half we were camped on their line once and they on ours once but we came away with nothing and with their opportunity they scored a try.”

Captain Jamie Heaslip, who scored Ireland's only try, said a draw was an odd result to have to deal with but there was much to be encouraged by.

“I think there were a lot of positives and a couple of negatives to take out of the match,” he said.

“It's a bit of a hard one to take at the moment but I thought overall we were more clinical in this match. However, like our losses to England and Scotland there is a feeling of what might have been.”