by Brendan Cole
Ireland head coach Declan Kidney has said that he was "disgusted" with the penalty count against Ireland after their RBS 6 Nations draw with France on Sunday.
Ireland had raced into the lead through two converted Tommy Bowe tries and a Jonathan Sexton penalty, all scored in the first 40 minutes.
But they failed to score in the second half, and an opportunistic try by Wesley Fofana combined with two Morgan Parra penalties saw France level the match at 17-17 and neither side could fashion a score in the frantic closing minutes.
English referee Dave Pearson gave six penalties to France and just one to Ireland in the second half. In total, France were awarded 11 with Ireland getting four.
Ireland went into match aiming to play expansively but rain began to fall before kick-off and built steadily through the match, cramping the gameplan.
Kidney told RTÉ Radio's Michael Corcoran: "We knew we wanted to move it around but the weather is, in the Six Nations, what it is and you must adapt to it. These games are hinged on small margins and there are enough small margins out there that are within our control for us to fix and be a better side the next time."
Asked if he was disappointed by the penalty count against Ireland in the second half, Kidney said: "Yeah, I'd be disgusted."
The former Munster coach has not raised the issue with any officials, but hinted that Pearson's superiors should take a close look at his performance.
He said: "We’ll control what is within our control and hope to God that somebody who is in control on the other side will take a good look at that."
The Irish players have mostly expressed disappointment after narrowly failing to secure a rare win on French soil, but Kidney was proud of the effort.
He added: "We did not come here to draw we came here to win and to represent the people of Ireland in the best way possible.
"That is why I am immensely proud of the boys. I think that we went at it hard but we could not get that win we were looking for."