Between the 60th and 70th minute the Irish were out on their feet, and that was our chance. And repeated shit options and panic plays fucked us (Barrett with two of them) and we turned the ball over with the line beckoning.
Then they got to 10 to go, and got a 2nd wind, and, like England last week, were easily the better team over the closing stages.
That last period was definitely not "keeping the powder dry" that was team under pressure who didn't know what to do when stuck in their end. That they got the final break out and had one final attack was a credit to them, but i have never seen ab AN side more clueless than that period in their own 22 leading to Read dropping hte ball from an awful awful Barrett pass.
Actually thinking back, it fucks me off how DMac is viewed as this massive risk of a player, when Barrett is as much of a turnover risk, if not more given the evidence of yesterday morning.
I look at the final score, and the final play, and think "close game" but that is tempered by the Irish getting over the line twice more, and the ABs never actually looking like scoring a try.
With 15 to go , I honestly thought here we go , we will run over the top of them , we started to get some ball ,
and its become so customary , you almost take it for granted ,
Credit to ireland , they are more composed under pressure than any opposition I can think of for some time , they made us look like the panic merchants , which is something we usually do to Australia