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Haskell: Irish got away with a lot
02 Mar 2015 15:03
James Haskell insists Ireland "got away with a lot" during their 19-9 RBS 6 Nations win over England in Dublin but says he can only admire the champions' canny approach.
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Ireland’s comprehensive win means a Grand Slam has eluded England for a 12th successive year, and they must hope that Joe Schmidt’s unbeaten side slip up in their remaining fixtures against Wales and Scotland to keep them relevant to the title race.
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Outwitted tactically and outmuscled, subdued England must also examine the brainless indiscipline that played into the hands of the hosts and that will dominate a frosty debrief this week.
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Lancaster and captain Chris Robshaw looked inwards for criticism, refusing to blame referee Craig Joubert, and back-row forward Haskell also had no complaints despite believing Ireland had challenged the boundaries of the law book.
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"Ireland got it right because you've got to play the referee and the conditions," Haskell said.
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"They got the rub of the green. It's not about being street wise, it's about playing right on the edge and seeing what you can get away with. And I think Ireland got away with a lot.
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"We were trying to meet that physical confrontation, but discipline at the breakdown was difficult. I don't think any decisions really went our way in that area. Ireland imposed themselves very well."
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