Mixed feelings for Kidney

Ireland coach admits inconclusive autumn campaign

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Mixed feelings for Kidney

Kidney: Mixed feelings

One of our goals in this month was obviously to win every match and we didn't. We came up short in two so we have to take a serious look at that.

Declan Kidney
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Declan Kidney has admitted to having mixed feelings towards an autumn campaign that has seen Ireland win two out of four Tests.

Saturday's 29-9 victory over Argentina was far from beautiful but Kidney said he was happy he had been able to build on his squad.

The coach however, admitted that the defeats by South Africa and New Zealand had taken the shine of his preparations.

"One of our goals in this month was obviously to win every match and we didn't," he said. "We came up short in two so we have to take a serious look at that.

"Another was to build a squad. We have been doing that and today was a good step towards that.

"You can build all you like at training but fellas need to prove to themselves that they can win a tough game."

Pivotal

"In the first half we were good and positive when we had the ball. When we got into their half we managed to take scores.

"Most of it was 3-6-9 stuff, but we took the one try when it came our way. There was a point early on when they mauled us from the 22 to the goal-line.

"That in hindsight turned out to be a pivotal point because we stopped them from scoring there."

Captain Brian O'Driscoll was taken off after sustaining an injury to his jaw that could see him undergo surgery.

Kidney added: "Brian could have a crack in his jaw, the treatment for which I'm not sure.

"If it is just a crack he might be able to avoid surgery and a plate. I'll just have to find out what the story is."

Critical

Argentina captain Felipe Contepomi said his side had suffered because of referee Mark Lawrence's officiating at the scrum.

The Pumas sent Ireland into retreat at a series of early five-metre set-pieces but Lawrence eventually gave the home side the put in.

"We didn't score in the moments we had too," said Contepomi. "There were crucial moments that would have led us to victory but we didn't score.

"It was lost there. There was a different interpretation at the scrum.

"Our scrum was going forward and Ireland's went backwards but the referee says it had been turned around and gave them possession.

"I'm sure he will watch the game and he will be very critical."

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