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O'Driscoll dismay at Ireland loss

Highlights - France 33-10 Ireland

Highlights - France 33-10 Ireland

Ireland skipper Brian O'Driscoll was hugely disappointed by the margin of his side's 33-10 defeat in their Six Nations match against France in Paris.

"It is one thing losing close games but being beaten badly is hard to take," said O'Driscoll after the game.

"We made some very silly unforced errors and bad defensive reads while the French took their opportunities.

"They were good but we helped make them look good. We must turn it round the next time we put on the green jersey."

The Ireland captain added: "When we put our phases together we showed that we were capable of breaking them down but it is difficult to build phases when you are dropping so much ball.

Unforced errors cost us - O'Driscoll

"We did not test them enough and they were excellent on the counter-attack."

Irish coach Declan Kidney said he does not get "overly depressed when we lose a match like this or overly elated when we win".

"We have to look at ourselves and try to learn from this, look at the scoring opportunities we created against their scoring opportunities," he added.

"International rugby is a game of inches and while a lot of inches went for us last year, they went against us in this match.


"We were not going too bad early in the game and it was one of those 50-50 matches in which the first score was important.

"I would never condone a yellow card offence, as was handed out to Cian Healy, but I think you have to look at what led up to it.

"You expect to get a few bangs and knocks at the end of a match like that and we will see how Rob (Kearney) and John (Hayes) are in the next few days."

France coach Marc Lievremont praised his side's "great intelligence".

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"We are looking for consistent performances and this is what we are still working on," he added.

"The Irish team is a good team but we managed to master their strengths and we played smartly.

"The first 15 minutes were very tough and that is maybe where we built victory. The Irish team had more possession in our half but we managed to keep control of the game and build momentum."

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