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We let France out of jail admits Ireland's Trimble

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 15/02/2016

On the run: Andrew Trimble is halted by Sebastien Bezy
On the run: Andrew Trimble is halted by Sebastien Bezy

Winger Andrew Trimble described Ireland's inability to score more than nine points against France during Saturday's Six Nations defeat as "criminal".

The visitors began the game on top at the Stade de France with Guy Noves' side looking all too similar to the Philippe Saint-Andre squad that was so abject at the World Cup.

A 9-3 lead at half-time displayed a failure on Ireland's part to take full advantage of their opposition's poor start and, as the men in green failed to manage a single point after the turn, Maxime Medard's late try, converted by Jules Plisson, improbably saw France claim their second victory from as many games.

Following the result, Trimble didn't mince his words.

"It's criminal getting down there but then not taking your chances," said the Ulsterman. "It was greasy, it was tough, but we should be a side that backs ourselves whenever we get opportunities and we didn't.

"A lot of that damage was done in the first-half and then that put us under pressure in the second. We had a decent little lead and in the second-half we were under pressure from minute one.

"There were a couple of occasions when we got down there but really it was difficult to play a lot of rugby and put them under pressure.

"They're a big heavy pack and you're trying to shift them around and the conditions weren't conducive to doing that.

"So once the game slows down, they can carry and get over the gain-line and with that momentum they become a very hard side to deal with.

"The first-half was crucial. We should have scored whenever we got down there and we didn't so we were always going to be chasing our tails in the second-half. "We should have had a bigger lead."

France's wing Teddy Thomas (L) fights for the ball with Ireland's fullback Robbie Henshaw during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on February 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
France's wing Teddy Thomas (L) fights for the ball with Ireland's fullback Robbie Henshaw during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on February 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's fullback Robbie Henshaw (C) is tackled during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on February 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
France's fullback Maxime Medard (R) tackles Ireland's fullback Dave Kearney during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on February 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
France's fullback Maxime Medard (L) tackles Ireland's fullback Dave Kearney during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on February 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
France's fullback Maxime Medard (L) prepares to tackle Ireland's fullback Dave Kearney during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on February 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's fly-half Jonathan Sexton holds onto the ball during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on February 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
Frances left wing Virimi Vakatawa (L) runs with the ball the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland on February 13, 2016 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's flanker Sean O'Brien lies limps after a shock during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on February 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSOTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
Frances flanker Wenceslas Lauret (L) vies with Ireland's centre Robbie Henshaw during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland on February 13, 2016 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Frances fly half Jules Plisson kicks a penalty during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland on February 13, 2016 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: Jonathan Danty of France is tackled by Jonathan Sexton and Jared Payne of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: Jonathan Danty of France is tackled by Jonathan Sexton and Jared Payne of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: Uini Atonio of France is tackled by Robbie Henshaw and Mike McCarthy of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: Virimi Vakatawa of France is tackled by Rory Best and Conor Murray of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: Virimi Vakatawa of France is tackled by Rory Best and Conor Murray of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Ireland's centre Fergus McFadden (L) tackles Frances tight head prop Uini Atonio (C) during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland on February 13, 2016 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's fly-half Jonathan Sexton (R) prepares to kick a penalty during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on February 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
Frances lock Alexandre Flanquart (L) vies with Ireland's Tommy O'Donnell during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland on February 13, 2016 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Frances lock Alexandre Flanquart (L) vies with Ireland's Tommy O'Donnell during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland on February 13, 2016 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's centre Dave Kearney (C) is tackled by Frances hooker and captain Guilhem Guirado during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland on February 13, 2016 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Frances lock Alexandre Flanquart (R) vies with Ireland's lock Mike McCarthy during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland on February 13, 2016 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
France's flanker Wenceslas Lauret (R) tackles Ireland's flanker CJ Stander during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on February 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: Guilhem Guirado of France is challenged by Jared Payne of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: Alexandre Flanquart of France is tackled by Tommy O'Donnell of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: Joe Schmidt the head coach of Ireland looks on prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: Teddy Thomas of France is tackled Dave Kearney and Jared Payne of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Ireland's centre Dave Kearney (L) and Ireland's wing Jared Payne (R) vies with France's Teddy Thomas during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland on February 13, 2016 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's centre Dave Kearney (L) and Ireland's wing Jared Payne (R) vies with France's Teddy Thomas during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland on February 13, 2016 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Frances flancker Yacouba Camara (C) vies with Ireland's flanker CJ Stander (R) during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland on February 13, 2016 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: Sean O'Brien of Ireland lies injured during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: Sean O'Brien of Ireland leaves the field due to injury during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: Devin Toner of Ireland wins lineout ball under pressure from Alexandre Flanquart of France during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
France's prop Uini Atonio (L) attempts to block a drop shot by Ireland's fly-half Jonathan Sexton during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on February 13, 2016.THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's fly-half Jonathan Sexton (3rd L) makes his way during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on February 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's fly-half Jonathan Sexton (2nd L) is tackled by France's prop Uini Atonio during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on February 13, 2016.THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's prop Nathan White (L), France's wing Teddy Thomas (C) and Ireland's fullback Jared Payne go for the ball during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on February 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's prop Nathan White (L), France's wing Teddy Thomas (C) and Ireland's fullback Jared Payne go for the ball during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on February 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's scrum half Conor Murray (C) passes the ball during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland on February 13, 2016 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's flanker CJ Stander (C) warms up with his teammates prior to the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on February 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's flanker CJ Stander (C) warms up with his teammates prior to the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on February 13, 2016.THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: Ireland fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: A general view of the stadium prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Ireland fans show their support outside the stadium before the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 13, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU France. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Ireland fans show their support outside the stadium before the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at Stade de France, Paris. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: A general view of the stadium prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
An Ireland fan shows his support outside the stadium before the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 13, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU France. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Armed police patrol the concourse inside the stadium perimeter before the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at Stade de France, Paris. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.
Ireland fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: A general view of the stadium prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

As the rain came teeming down in a Parisian downpour, conditions did not help a sloppy game with Trimble hugely frustrated by Ireland's failing efforts to protect possession.

"A lot of us have to hold our hands up and say we didn't look after the ball as well as we should have," he added. "There was maybe a bit of sloppiness at the breakdown but we coughed up ball a few times when we had scoring opportunities and that's criminal.

"I think in the first-half we were better… 12-3 could have very easily (got us over the line).

"But the same thing happened last week. We felt a little bit of heat and we couldn't come out."

After such a disappointing World Cup - the familiar stumbling block of the quarter-finals again proving an insurmountable hurdle - this season's schedule always looked daunting.

With Wales at home up first an eminently losable fixture - ultimately Ireland drew 16-16 but only after squandering another lead - trips to France and England would follow before facing Italy and Scotland at the Aviva.

Heading to Twickenham at the end of this month without a win was always the nightmare scenario for Joe Schmidt and his men but after results over the last two weeks so it has proved.

Ahead of the visit to west London, Trimble believes that Ireland have the mental strength and confidence to respond.

"I hope we're building something ahead of Twickenham," said the 60-times capped wing.

"We've passed up three points from two games and now we have a big challenge. We could be daunted by that - no wins, going to England, it's a big ask - but we need to treat it as a big opportunity.

"We have to go there and win. It won't be easy. We have a group who can react the right way."

Regardless of what happens against Eddie Jones' men 12 days from now, Ireland know that the retaining of a championship they won on points difference in each of the last two seasons is no longer in their control, a reality that Trimble described as "miserable".

To have any chance of an historic three-in-a-row, they need to win their remaining three games and hope that unlikely results go in their favour elsewhere.

"It's not in our hands," sighed the Coleraine man.

"That's a little bit miserable.

"But we have to (just) look at Twickenham.

"We can't look any further. We'll try to work hard and potentially go and get a result."

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