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Geordan Murphy column

Geordan Murphy
Ireland full-back

A day on from defeat in Paris and you probably won't be surprised to learn that I'm feeling pretty sore.

The chest is a bit tender and I've been told that I've sprained one of my ribs.

Geordan Murphy (left)
Geordan Murphy is tackled by Cedric Heymans on Saturday

But the more nagging pain is the feeling that I let my team-mates down on Saturday.

It's probably the worst I've felt after an international.

You don't go out to make mistakes but when I saw a lot of sore bodies in the dressing-room after the game, it was hard not to feel personally responsible.

I'll start with their first try.

We had actually planned that midfield move and if Tommy (Bowe) had managed to hit man and ball, then it probably would have been well and good.

Drico (Brian O'Driscoll) did well to get across to Christophe Dominici and while Rougerie had quite a lot of space for a winger of his calibre, it was one of those tackles that I would still have expected to make.

As regards the second try, when their quick drop out was taken Brian was down on the ground, and you know he doesn't lie down for bumps and bruises, but the referee's whistle didn't sound.

By the time I got across, Michalak and Leams (Denis Leamy) were arriving at the same time.

I slid in a kind of an effort to block Michalak because I was sure he would try to kick it on.

But Leams kind of dived through the back of Michalak and the ball popped up into Michalak's hands and you know it's not your day when that happens.

For their fourth try, I tried to throw a pass to Drico.

I had caught the ball cleanly from Michalak's boot and I still can't figure out how Heymans got there to win the ball as left winger usually stays back with the full-back.

I've just got to hope that I'm around to get another shot at an Irish shirt

Eddie (O'Sullivan) really did a good job in rallying us at half-time by telling us that we were playing all the rugby and that it was a matter of cutting out the mistakes.

Of course things got worse immediately after half-time although I think we were very unlucky for their sixth try as the referee had called advantage to us seconds before that score.

We gave it a lash after that and there's no doubt we had them in trouble.

As you might imagine, I opted for a fairly quiet night after the game although a couple of the lads headed out for a beer or two.

With no Six Nations game this weekend, I'll hopefully be in action for Leicester on Friday night.

I've become a bad player in two weeks according to a lot of people but there's not much I can do about Saturday's game now.

I've just got to hope that I'm around to get another shot at an Irish shirt.

And if I'm selected to play against Wales on Sunday week, I'll be excited about that. Onwards and upwards.




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