Ireland Let Themselves Down
Ireland Let Themselves Down: Coach Joe Schmidt was left massively disappointed after Ireland narrowly missed out on a chance to register their first series win in South Africa, saying his team only have themselves to blame for their 2-1 loss to the Springboks. “The thing that was most disappointing for us was that we contributed to our own downfall,” Schmidt said after losing 19-13 in Saturday’s decisive third test at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. The win secured a series victory for the hosts but Ireland did claim a maiden test triumph over the Boks in South Africa at Newlands in the opener and kept up persistent pressure on Saturday in search of a late converted try that would have given them overall success.
Ireland headed home for their off-season break after a campaign in which they played 17 internationals, including a Rugby World Cup quarterfinal. Schmidt’s own future is unclear after he admitted to discussions about a Super Rugby job back in his native New Zealand but he feels the tour has offered up a greater reservoir of talent and invaluable experience for Ireland. There have been some great standout performances,” he said. “What could have happened, what might have happened is something that those players will have learned.”