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Conor Murray upbeat despite France stalemate

Updated: Monday, 11 Mar 2013 10:32 | Comments

Conor Murray believes 'there's no issue of confidence' within the Ireland team
Conor Murray believes 'there's no issue of confidence' within the Ireland team

Conor Murray insists Ireland must take heart from their performances in the RBS 6 Nations, even if results have left them battling at the wrong end of the table.

Ireland still have a chance of finishing with the Wooden Spoon when they face Italy in Rome on the final day of the championship having drawn 13-13 with France.

Frustratingly, they have been in a position to win the last three matches despite contending with an ever-lengthening injury list, only to throw it away.

"I don't think people need to freak out. There's no issue of confidence within the team. We're not getting smashed by teams and are creating opportunities," the Munster scrum-half said.

"We're creating a lot, we're controlling games and we're controlling territory.

"It's little things like when we needed to keep the scoreboard ticking over in the second half and we probably would have kicked on again.

"I can't put my finger on why we didn't do that. There's no need to panic.

"After the first half we didn't feel comfortable exactly but we were in a good place."

"I can't put my finger on why we didn't do that. There's no need to panic" - Conor Murray

Ireland led 13-3 by half-time and were in total control, only for France to dominate the final quarter.

"It is a disappointment, to a degree, but then France could have scored a try at the end and we could be standing here after a defeat," Murray said.

"We wanted to come out this week and give a good performance. I think we did that.

"It's not quite like a defeat, but it is disappointing the way the draw happened. We were ahead all game and they levelled it quite late."

Kidney must shuffle his pack again
On the injury front, Ireland head coach Declan Kidney will have to make more changes for Ireland's final Six Nations game against Italy in Rome on Saturday.

Fergus McFadden has been ruled out with a broken rib, Eoin Reddan is out with a broken leg, while Donnacha Ryan (bruised A/C joint), Luke Marshall and Brian O' Driscoll (possible concussion) all face a race to be fit.

Murray (knee) and Peter O'Mahony (dead leg) look set to be fit for the tie.

While Darren Cave, Paddy Wallace and Dave McSharry are all injured and won't be called up to the squad.

Jonathan Sexton is confident he'll be back in action after recovering from a hamstring injury picked up against England on 10 February.

Craig Gilroy and Declan Fitzpatrick are also both due to return to the matchday 23.

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