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Don't blame Jackson - Kidney

24th February 2013 19:04


Wales v Ireland Declan Kidney

Defender: Declan Kidney

Ireland coach Declan Kidney refused to blame debutant fly-half Paddy Jackson for his missed kicks against Scotland.

The visitors failed to convert large portions of territory and possession and were surprise losers in Sunday's contest, with Greig Laidlaw kicking four penalties for Scotland to seal Ireland's second defeat of the Championship.

"It is about taking your opportunities. We created several for ourselves but didn't manage to convert them enough to be ahead of Scotland's penalty count," said Kidney.

"I think it is too easy to put it down to that (Jackson's misses). Paddy's general play was good. He helped us get a few line breaks and his kicks down the line put us in a good field position. He had the courage to go for those, which is a good thing.

"His place kicking didn't go the way he would have liked but some days go like that. It's too easy to point the finger at that. Overall his general play was good.

"We created a lot of try-scoring opportunities and if we had put those away...

"Obviously their place-kicking went to a far higher stat than ours and that is something we regret, but we did do a lot of positive work as well in attack. We just didn't manage to finish it off.

"There always is [criticism]. But it is just about getting ready for the next game in two weeks' time (against France).

"That is what the role is; whether you win, lose or draw it doesn't matter - it is all about getting ready for the next game.

"We created opportunities today. I will take a good look at myself and get the others around me to critique everything that I'm doing, as well as them too, because nobody is immune from this."

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