Ireland snatched defeat from jaws of victory against Wales in Six Nations opener

Source : Sky Sports

Ronan O’Gara feels that Ireland “snatched defeat from the jaws of victory” in a nail-biting Six Nations game against Wales. Andy Farrell’s side were reduced to 14 men early in the game, but were in with a shout late on before Billy Burns’ kick for touch was overcooked, ending the game and denying Ireland a line-out in the Welsh 22.

“Wales are lacking confidence,” O’Gara said. “Under Pivac, it was three out of 10 wins. This team hasn’t even got up and running yet. There were glimpses of it [on Sunday] when they played a few nice balls out of the tackle and they got their width and speed into their attack game, they looked dangerous. But way too infrequently against 14 men.”

“At times, watching the game you felt there wasn’t a mismatch in terms of numbers.” he added. “Ireland snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. That’s what happens nowadays. You get a lineout seven metres out, 10 metres out, if you get your driving maul going which I’m sure Paulie (Paul O’Connell) would have on the last play, seven out of 10 times you score.”




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