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Jamie Heaslip on the defensive after controversial penalty decisions

Last Updated: 24/02/13 7:14pm

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Jamie Heaslip: Defends decisions on penalties

Jamie Heaslip: Defends decisions on penalties

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Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip defended his decision-making after their 12-8 defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield.

Heaslip ordered debutant fly-half Paddy Jackson to kick for touch several times after the referee had awarded kickable penalties to Ireland in the first half.

Jackson went on to miss three kicks at goal - two penalties and a conversion - but Heaslip says his decisions were meant to pile the pressure on Scotland.

"They were the right decisions given the momentum of the game at those points," he said.

"We were applying a lot of pressure. Some kicking opportunities for the post we took and on the other ones it was better to go for the corner.

"We weren't accurate with our opportunities and Scotland took theirs, which is disappointing.

"We made a good few line breaks and applied pressure, but maybe we weren't accurate enough.

"In the second half we hit the ground running with the try. We knew Scotland could stay in games with very little possession. We felt confident and were focused in what we had to do.

"Confidence hasn't become an issue. In the second half we were good with the ball in hand. It was another close game and missed opportunity."

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