Ireland coach Declan Kidney blamed his team's error count as they finished a disappointing Antipodean tour with a 22-15 loss to Australia.
The Irish suffered a 66-28 humbling at the hands of New Zealand in their opener before a close defeat to New Zealand Maori. And while they ran the Wallabies close, Kidney said his side had deserved to be heading home without a win.
"We made too many errors, especially when we were attacking, and that was frustrating," he said.
"We defended stoutly but that left us short of energy at the end when we were trying to claw something back - in the end the result probably flattered us.
"There is now more competition for places and whoever plays well next season will get to wear the shirt.
"A lot of the possession they enjoyed was under our control as we gave them back the ball and, as a result, we were on the defensive a lot of the time."
Australia captain Rocky Elsom admitted his side will also need to improve after a lacklustre performance and with the Tri-Nations on the horizon.
"We've got a lot of work to do," he said after tries from Luke Burgess and Quade Cooper helped the Wallabies to edge an error-strewn contest.
"The Tri-Nations is the most difficult tournament in world rugby so we have a lot of work to do.
"We just weren't sharp enough and not on the same page. I think when we played Ireland last year we played a hell of a lot better and came away with a draw."