Brian O’Driscoll Worried For Ireland Following Uninspiring Win Over Russia


Former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll was far from impressed with Ireland after their lacklustre win over Russia in the World Cup yesterday morning.

Despite defeating Russia 35-0 and securing a bonus-point, O’Driscoll says the performance was “frustrating and “nowhere near” what you would expect from Ireland, who suffered a shock defeat to Japan last week.

Speaking on ITV after the game, the former Ireland centre reckons Ireland lacked “creativity” and doesn’t see how the game is going to help them build momentum and go on to really challenge at the World Cup.

“It was so frustrating,” O’Driscoll told ITV.

“18 handling errors is nowhere near the numbers you expect from Ireland.

“They couldn’t put any multiphase together. Rarely did they carry the ball 10 phases or more – something they’re renowned for doing.

“It looked as though they lacked creativity until a couple of moments at the end with Jack Carty going to boot.

“I just feel quite frustrated by it. I don’t think it was a great performance and I don’t know how they’re meant to get the momentum they’re looking for off the back of it.”

What do you think? Are Ireland on a slippery slope?

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