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Ireland's second half display against Georgia can never be repeated if they want to be taken seriously

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Georgia draw second half to leave Farrell with problems galore

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On the run: Georgia’s Giorgi Kveseladze on his way to scoring his side’s first try of the game

On the run: Georgia’s Giorgi Kveseladze on his way to scoring his side’s first try of the game

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Poor viewing: Andy Farrell watches on as Ireland struggle to add to their first half scores

Poor viewing: Andy Farrell watches on as Ireland struggle to add to their first half scores

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On the run: Georgia’s Giorgi Kveseladze on his way to scoring his side’s first try of the game

When things went awry under Joe Schmidt Ireland could rely on the system to get them through, but Andy Farrell has taken their compass and asked them to find their own way. Against Tier Two opposition yesterday, they walked off a cliff.

Sure, they won the match and maintained their 100 per cent home record under the head coach but even he could see the irony in drawing the second-half with Georgia after making so much of winning the second 40 minutes against England last weekend.


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