Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Rugby | Six Nations

Draw feels like defeat - Saint Andre



France were left to reflect on the "feeling of defeat" after a 17-17 draw at home toIreland ended their Six Nations grand slam hopes on Sunday, manager Philippe Saint Andre said.

Les Bleus gave away two tries in the first half and trailed 17-6 at halftime before mounting a fightback.

"There was a feeling of defeat, not that of a draw in the dressing room," Saint Andre told a news conference.

France are second in the standings behind Wales, the only team still in position to achieve a grand slam after winning three out of three.

Captain Thierry Dusautoir said France should have won a game they dominated, at least in terms of possession.

"The win was within our grasp," he told reporters.

"But when you give away so many points you just get what you deserve."

Tommy Bowe scored his first try after he intercepted a clumsy pass by Aurelien Rougerie and touched down for the second time after France lost a routine ball in the ruck.

"When you give away 10 points, it's really hard to win the match against Ireland, who defended very well and bothered us with their umbrella defence," said Saint Andre.

The former France winger, however, was proud of his players, saying they showed great character to come back into the game.

"At 17-6 I asked the players to be more direct because it had started to rain and it was a bit like Irish weather out there," he said.

"We had ambitions, a desire to go forward, but at the highest level, you have to be much more precise."

France host England next Sunday and Ireland take on Scotland on Saturday.

Ireland were equally disappointed with the result after failing to score in the second half.

"I am disappointed for the lads, they put in a huge effort," said Ireland coach Declan Kidney.

"We believed in ourselves, we played our own game and did not panic in the second half.

"If you're not disappointed after a result like that you should not be in the job."

Like the French, captain Paul O'Connell said there was a feeling of defeat in the drssing room.

"We have the feeling we lost an opportunity," he said.

"We are very disappointed with our second half performance, we turned over the ball a few times. We're very frustrated, very disappointed."



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport
days
:
hours
:
minutes
:
seconds

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Gavin Rich
Steyn provides significant boost to Boks
Having seen so many Springbok coaches come and go in the more than two decades since the end of...

Tony Johnson
Weighing up the collateral damage
As attention switches rapidly to the upcoming international programme, the three national coaches...

Brendan Venter
In a state of flux
While the Brumbies deserve credit for defeating the Stormers, I was irked by the match...

Brenden Nel
Ludicrous to blame it all on Frans
The cloud of despair that hangs over the Loftus Versfeld stadium will not disappear overnight, but...

Kyle Brown
Bloodied but unbowed
It will take a bit of time for the pain to settle and for us to realise that the sun will rise...

Super Wrap
SuperWrap: the Super XV teams
It was a very bad year for South Africa in Super Rugby. That much was confirmed this past weekend...