Joey Carbery Has His Say On The Decision To Kick For Touch In Japan Defeat

Right option.

Joey Carbery says there wasn’t “too many other options on” when he decided to kick the ball straight into touch with the clock in the red and Ireland trailing Japan by 7 points this morning.

Many felt like Ireland should have had a go, with a converted try enough to seal a draw. But given the position they were in (behind their own line), Carbery felt the best option was to get it out and take the losing bonus-point

“I suppose we were under pressure and there wasn’t too much happening at the time,” Carbery said after the game

“The ball kinda came quickly to me.

“I knew we were still in with a losing bonus point and I didn’t see too many other options on, so I just put it out.”

Ireland boss Joe Schmidt agreed with Carbery ‘s decision after the game, and while the outhalf feels Ireland probably could have kept going – he still thinks ultimately he made the right call.

“I definitely think we could have [kept going] but when the ball came to me, they were up in my face. I didn’t want want to risk it with a short kick or anything like that and concede [another try].” Carbery added

“I haven’t looked back at it yet but at the time, I thought it was the right option.”