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Kidney not taking heart from defeat


Declan Kidney

Declan Kidney

Declan Kidney

Declan Kidney refused take solace in an encouraging performance after Ireland were defeated 38-18 by New Zealand.

A passionate display full of endeavour subjected the All Blacks to a difficult evening at Aviva Stadium yet the Irish were still well beaten. It was a well-timed confidence booster after struggling against South Africa and Samoa earlier this autumn, but Kidney could not look beyond the outcome.

"We judge ourselves on results so we're extremely disappointed that we lost to 20 points," said the head coach. "We got a brilliant crowd and a dry day, the last two games have been in the rain and we had to learn how to play those conditions."

He added: "There were things that happened that were in our own control to fix and we need to do that so that we don't lose by 20 points again.

"We need to hang on to the ball a bit better. I wouldn't argue with their finishing being the difference.

"We know that we're getting better but we still have a lot to do."

Stephen Ferris and Brian O'Driscoll crossed for Ireland but the All Blacks were more ruthless with Kieran Read scoring two tries and Anthony Boric and Sam Whitelock also touching down.

Number eight Jamie Heaslip shared his coach's feeling of disappointment.

"It was frustrating at times. We made some mistakes in a 15-minute period when they showed how efficient they are," he said. "We created a lot of chances and put them under pressure. We were our own worst enemy at times. The scoreline doesn't reflect the game.

"If we want to win the World Cup then we have got to beat them and we do that by worrying about ourselves more than them."