Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Best happy to move on

Rory Best

Ireland captain Rory Best was pleased his side managed to put recent results behind them after beating Scotland 32-14 in Dublin.

The hosts crossed through Best, Eoin Reddan and Andrew Trimble in the first half in a four-try rout at Lansdowne Road. The victory brought with it a sense of what might have been after a narrow defeat to Wales and draw with France in Paris effectively ended their title hopes.

"Unfortunately, that's sport," said Best, who led Ireland in the injury-enforced absence of Paul O'Connell.

"You get good days and bad days. Against Wales it was bitterly disappointing but the bottom line is we were six points up with eight minutes to go, at home, and we weren't able to close that out.

"In France, we were 17-6 up at half-time and didn't score a point in the second half.

"We produced a good performance (against Scotland) and that's what we wanted, but we're disappointed not to have won all of our games to date.

"In every campaign that's what we set out to do. We'll look at what went wrong.

"We set a lot of things straight but there are still a good few things that we can correct ahead of England."

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