Kidney laments 'horror show'
June 12, 2010
Jimmy Cowan scored a brace for New Zealand © Getty Images
Ireland coach Declan Kidney has lamented a "horror show" from his side as they slipped to a 66-28 defeat to New Zealand in New Plymouth.
Ireland's latest attempt to secure a maiden win over the All Blacks was wrecked by a sluggish start and a red card for influential No.8 Jamie Heaslip. The hosts went on to rack up nine tries and a record points total but Kidney will wait to review the side's discipline. Next up for Ireland is a match against New Zealand Maori on Friday.
"It was a horror show," Kidney told Sky Sports. "We gave away a lot of soft tries, missed tackles. We'll have to have a long hard look at that.
"We'll take a look at it. I wouldn't be saying anything. Let's take a look when we calm down a bit. They picked themselves up at half-time, you saw that," he said. "We managed to keep the ball a little better in the second half."
All Black skipper Richie McCaw admitted that the red card changed the game, but elected not to point fingers.
"I don't really know what happened but obviously something went on there to get a red card," McCaw said. "He obviously got sent off for a knee. I don't think I should talk too much about it because it's before the judiciary and I've been told not to talk too much about it. It was dealt with from what the ref saw and that's all you can ask.
"It did change the game and that was the disappointing part. It put them under pressure. It was their first attacking move and they were down to 14 and the game was over after that. That's what happens. It makes it hard on your team if ill-discipline gets in the way."
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