It's been a trying Six Nations campaign so far Adam Griggs' Ireland. On Saturday evening, despite the support of an enthusiastic crowd in Donnybrook that witnessed some moments of enterprising play, the Irish women went down 47-17 to France.

For Griggs, there was a sense of frustration when he spoke to RTÉ Sport afterwards.

"Unfortunately we're having some lapses in concentration and those lapses are costing us two or three tries," he said.

The French got in for two tries in quick succession just before the break, scores that could have been prevented by the home side. It was 28-12 at half-time and another early score on the resumption from the visitors effectively put the game to bed.  

The Irish coach continued: "You can allow one lapse but you've got to bounce back and make sure you problem solve on the go in not conceding more tries. You don't want to make the hill that much harder to climb.

"We have to be honest with ourselves. Games could be tighter. When you end up chasing the game you do other things you wouldn't normally do. It costs you more points.

"France punished us tonight. At times we had some control. In the end we weren't clever enough in key areas of the field.

"In the first half we got some good territory, put them under pressure and came away with two tries.

"We have got to be better at coming out of the blocks quicker and putting pressure on teams."