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Kidney frustrated by narrow defeat

Ireland coach Declan Kidney was disappointed his side came up against a much-improved Barbarians side at Kingsholm.

Felipe Contepomi's late penalty condemned Ireland to an agonising 29-28 defeat on the eve of their tour to New Zealand - and just days after the Barbarians were comfortably dispatched 57-26 by England.

"We are disappointed," Kidney said. "The Barbarians were a lot better than they were on Sunday against England."

The Kingsholm crowd of 11,654 were firmly behind the Barbarians as the invitation side contained a number of players with Gloucester associations and they were deserved winners.

The Irish were deprived of their Leinster players - resting following their defeat in Sunday's RaboDirect PRO12 final - but despite their absence, a better performance would have been expected.

Kidney added: "They were well focused, it was a tough game but we only went down to a penalty three minutes from the end.

"We didn't have a full deck of cards but it was a brilliant opportunity for some of our fringe players."

Kidney is due to name his squad for the New Zealand tour on Wednesday and reported no major injury worries after the match.

"No one has been ruled out," he said. "I'm going to discuss players' conditions with the medics over the next few hours. I know Mike Ross has a tight hamstring and he may struggle for the first Test."

The Barbarians now face Wales on Saturday and coach John Kirwan said: "The game is all about Shane Williams. It will be his last ever match playing against Wales at the Millennium Stadium. All the squad want to play and it's a question of picking the right team."


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