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Saturday 28 February 2015

Six Nations: I’m not finished, says O’Gara

Ireland's Ronan O'Gara celebrates his try
Ireland's Ronan O'Gara celebrates his try
Ireland's Jonathon Sexton celebrates winning the RBS 6 Nations match at Murrayfield
Scotland fans Anstead 23 and Liam Tracey 20 before the RBS 6 Nations match at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
A Scotland fan shows his support during the RBS 6 Nations match at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Ireland's Eoin Reddan scores a try
Ireland's Eoin Reddan scores a try
Scotland 18 Ireland 21
Scotland and Ireland fans before the RBS 6 Nations match at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Ireland and Scotland fans hold flags before the RBS 6 Nations match at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Sean O'Brien of Ireland is tackled by Kelly Brown of Scotland during the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield on February 27, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Paul O'Connell of Ireland is tackled by Richie Gray of Scotland during the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield on February 27, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Young Scottish fan is seen outside the stadium before the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield on February 27, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Young Scottish fan is seen outside the stadium before the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield on February 27, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Eoin Reddan celebrates his try with Paul O'Connell and Cian Healy
Ronan O'Gara converts Ireland's second try
Ronan O'Gara kicks a penalty
Ireland's Eoin Reddan supported by Paul O'Connell
Ireland's Ronan O'Gara celebrates his try
Ireland's Ronan O'Gara runs in for a try
Ireland's Eoin Reddan celebrates his try with Paul O'Connell and Cian Healy
Ireland's Eoin Reddan celebrates his try
Sean O'Brien of Ireland is tackled by Kelly Brown of Scotland during the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield
Scotland 18 Ireland 21
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Irish fans are seen outside the stadium before the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield on February 27, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Ireland's Tommy Bowe is tackled by Scotland's Kelly Brown during the RBS 6 Nations match at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Ireland's David wallace tackled by Ruaridh Jackson of Scotland
Ireland's Sean O'Brien tackled by Ross Ford of Scotland
Ireland's Sean O'Brien hands off Kelly Brown of Scotland
Ireland's Jonathan Sexton kicks the ball out to win the match
Scotland 18 Ireland 21
Ireland's Paul O'Connell is tackled by Sean Lamont of Scotland
Scotland 18 Ireland 21
Ronan O'Gara
Ireland's Cian Healy tackled by Kelly Brown of Scotland

Ronan O'Gara declared himself “far from finished” as he scored 11 points to help Ireland to an RBS 6 Nations 21-18 win over Scotland at Murrayfield.

The Munster fly-half, no longer an automatic first choice at number 10 with Jonathan Sexton also vying for the position, scored one of Ireland's three tries and added all three conversions as Ireland scraped home.

And he can expect to be retained for the clash with Wales in Cardiff on Saturday week.

“I think at this level the margins are very fine, losing by one score to France, beating Italy by one score, winning here by one score,” O'Gara said.

“I think we were very good at times today and very poor at times, but in the end it's all about winning and that's what we did.

“I'm far from finished, I really enjoy playing with the boys. There is no better place than Murrayfield to express yourself. We had fantastic support today and I think means a lot to the players.”

Meanwhile, Irish coach Declan Kidney said he had “no interest” in entering into criticism of referee Nigel Owens after the Welsh official was blasted by his Scottish opposite number Andy Robinson.

Ireland have had issues with the officiating in their first two matches against Italy and Scotland and have followed the established process of referral to IRB referees manager Paddy O'Brien.

Something Kidney said they will be doing again after yesterday's difficulties.

“There needs to be an integrity kept with the referees,” said Kidney.

“We lost a game two weeks ago when we could have come in sledging about the referee, we didn't, we followed the process and we intend to do the same thing again.

“There were penalties given against us in the last game that have since been acknowledged that at least one of those should have been turned around and on two more occasions there should have a penalty awarded to us just before there was penalties awarded against us,” he added.

“The referees, they have been quite happy for me to be able to say this, they are willing to hold their hands up when it's wrong. So I think it is important that we stick to what the truth is here as against perception.

“The facts are that the penalty count ended up today 13-4, we are not complaining, we didn't complain the last day.

“We want to get our fair crack of the whip, we could be just in here complaining about it.

“I've met these referees, they're good men, they give it their best opinion. We have been apologised to for getting some things wrong in the last two matches, let's see what happens after today,” said Kidney.

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