Six Nations: Ireland winger Tommy Bowe laments second half display against France

Tommy Bowe scored two tries against France
Tommy Bowe scored two tries in the first half against France

Ireland winger Tommy Bowe said disappointment was the main feeling in the Irish dressing room after the 17-17 Six Nations draw with France in Paris.

Bowe scored two tries as Ireland secured an 11-point lead at half-time.

"We put them under pressure in the first half but failed to score in the second half which was disappointing.

"To score two tries in Paris is a great achievement but nobody enjoys coming away with a draw. We showed good composure in the last 10 minutes."

"Our first half display was outstanding but we were under a lot of pressure at the end and did well to avoid giving away a penalty, which was crucial," said Bowe.

Ireland coach Declan Kidney admitted to "a strange feeling" after watching the stalemate.

"We did well in the first half but games are played over 80 minutes," said the Ireland coach.

"The boys put in a huge effort but we have to look at the second half and examine why we let France camp in our half for so long and enjoy so much possession.

"We now have a six day turnaround before the Scotland match - that's the challenge set to us and we'll rise to it."

Kidney added that it was "too soon" to assess the extent of the knee injury sustained by scrum-half Conor Murray during the second half.

"We will know more in the next 24 to 48 hours," he said.

Ireland skipper Paul O'Connell said his side had missed out on "a great opportunity to win on French soil".

"We were in a good position but they came out with all guns blazing in the second half.

"It's frustrating as you don't get many opportunities to win here but we didn't take our chance."

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