Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Kidney calm after loss

Declan Kidney

Declan Kidney is refusing to hit the panic button after Ireland opened their World Cup preparations with a 10-6 defeat by Scotland.

Kidney took an experimental XV to Murrayfield, containing only four players expected to start against the USA on September 11.

The match was a poor spectacle with Ireland failing to trouble the whitewash, but Kidney is eager to keep the performance in perspective, and said: "I'm not going to lose any sleep over it. I'm disappointed but I know where we are and what we've done."

He added: "When people looked at the two team sheets, they must have thought, 'What's going to happen here?'.

"We're within four minutes of winning but we lose it, so the emotion is, 'Do we think about the last 10 minutes or the 70 minutes before it?'

"My job is to keep a level head and that's what I'll do. We've got things to work on.

"Had we conceded five tries I wouldn't be panicking about our defence.

"Had we scored five tries I wouldn't be overly elated about our attack

"Now we know where we are because you can do all the training, but it's not until you play a match that you really find out.

"There are definitely positives to take from that match, I know we got things out of it."