Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Last-gasp gutwrench

Ireland coach Declan Kidney spent last night reflecting on the fact that his much-weakened team had taken a Scotland side, close to full-strength, to within a couple of minutes of what would have been a morale-sapping defeat.

The concession of a late, late try saw a 6-3 Irish lead transformed into a 10-6 Scottish win. Kidney was disappointed, but not too despondent.

To have run the hosts so close was a victory of sorts in itself, though that ought not to be allowed to paper over one or two worrying cracks, not least the problem they now have at scrum-half.

While Tomas O’Leary is but a shadow of the player who played so central a role in the Grand Slam heroics of 2009, Eoin Reddan has failed to make the most of the opening that provided.

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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