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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 November 2005, 19:12 GMT
Geordan Murphy column

By Geordan Murphy
Ireland and Leicester star

That was a much better performance from Ireland. But we still didn't win.

Geordan Murphy is tackled by Wallaby flanker George Smith
It is good to see big Mal O'Kelly is going to be fine

We had a good first half and had Australia on the rack a bit and were putting them under pressure both in defence and attack.

But our confidence slipped right at the start of the second half and they scored 10 quick points, and we began to chase the game a little bit.

Our heads did not drop though, as we still knew the game was well within our grasp.

We knew that if we kept working at it we would get a score, albeit one late in the game.

I was kicking myself in the first half when I should have found Tommy Bowe with a pass. I'm fairly sure he would have scored which might have changed the game.

It was a move that we had worked on with the wingers getting a bit of width. But I hurried the pass a little and was too high. It was one of those things.

But their scores were more of our own making than anything else.

One was after a forward pass, another following an intercept, and then there was a turnover from us. All very disappointing.

We tried to play a bit of rugby, and at the time they were living off scraps. But they did finish very well and you have to give them credit for that.

We were pleased that so our defence was fairly tight and well organised
Geordan Murphy

They were not the type of scores that Australia have scored in the past. We were pleased that until then our defence was fairly tight and well organised.

It is good to see Big Mal (O'Kelly) is going to be fine. He got a terrible bang on the head, and it was worrying for us at the time.

It was difficult for us to lose a player of Mal's calibre. He's a leader. He was out cold for quite a while. He went straight to hospital, but thankfully he has recovered and hopefully he will be back very soon.

I was pleased for young Andrew Trimble who played very well on his debut.

What was particularly pleasing was that he did so well against so many strong and experienced players.

There's no doubt he will get a few more games down the line.

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