Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Murray upbeat despite France stalemate

Conor Murray's Ireland still have a chance of finishing with the wooden spoon

Conor Murray insists Ireland must take heart from their performances in the RBS 6 Nations, even if results have left them battling at the wrong end of the table.

The Irish still have a chance of finishing with the wooden spoon when they face Italy in Rome on the final day of the championship having drawn 13-13 with France. Frustratingly, they have been in a position to win the last three matches despite contending with an ever-lengthening injury list, only to throw it away.

"I don't think people need to freak out. There's no issue of confidence within the team. We're not getting smashed by teams and are creating opportunities," the Munster scrum-half said. "We wanted to come out this week and give a good performance. I think we did that."

He added: "We're creating a lot, we're controlling games and we're controlling territory.

"It's little things like when we needed to keep the scoreboard ticking over in the second half and we probably would have kicked on again. I can't put my finger on why we didn't do that. There's no need to panic.

"After the first half we didn't feel comfortable exactly but we were in a good place."

Ireland led 13-3 by half-time and were in total control, only for France to dominate the final quarter.

"It is a disappointment, to a degree, but then France could have scored a try at the end and we could be standing here after a defeat," Murray said.

"It's not quite like a defeat but it is disappointing the way the draw happened. We were ahead all game and they levelled it quite late."

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