Frustrated Care eyes Scotland result
March 1, 2010
Danny Care scrapped in defeat for England © Getty Images
England scrum-half Danny Care is hoping to bounce back after their Six Nations defeat to Ireland at Twickenham, a result that he has described as one of the biggest disappointments in his career.
England lost out to a late try from Irish wing Tommy Bowe and need to rally themselves for a tricky trip to face Scotland at Murrayfield on March 13. With a final showdown against Grand Slam-chasing France also on the horizon, Martin Johnson's men need a victory to keep alive their tournament hopes.
Care's game was a mixed one, with several breaks being overshadowed by his altercation with Tomas O'Leary leading to a penalty from which Ireland scored their second try.
"That was probably one of the biggest games of my career so far - at home to Ireland in the Six Nations - and so losing makes it one of the biggest disappointments," he said. "It is just so frustrating. We probably played the best rugby over 80 minutes and to get three points ahead with a few minutes to go, we thought we could hold out.
"We were two from two and would have loved to make it three from three. By no means are we out of the competition yet and hopefully we will come back for the Scotland game firing."
Ireland coach Declan Kidney is also looking forward rather than back, to their meeting with Wales at Croke Park. Wales came unstuck against France at the Millennium Stadium on Friday night but produced another stirring comeback following their amazing victory over Scotland.
"If you look at Wales' game they've been unlucky not to have won all three," he said. "They make you play for 80 minutes, as we found out last year. You have to get it right against them."
Kidney was delighted with his side's grit and determination and was also pleased that there was a spectacle worth watching for the Twickenham crowd.
"I said to the players at half-time 'this isn't just going to happen for us - we must go after it'," he said. "It wasn't Super 14 stuff but it was a terrific game of rugby. We're delighted with it and I didn't see an empty seat with a minute to go. That's what the people come for.
"The Six Nations is a fantastic tournament - supporters come to see a real contest and that's what we produced against England. The fact we stuck at it really pleased me. We didn't get too impatient. Our defence around the fringes was great."
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