埃迪-奧沙利文:在澳大利亞的勝利中,沒有塞克斯頓,愛爾蘭看起來 "沒有方向"。

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埃迪-奧沙利文:在澳大利亞的勝利中,沒有塞克斯頓,愛爾蘭看起來 "沒有方向"。

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埃迪-奧沙利文說,周六愛爾蘭隊以13-10險勝澳大利亞隊的一個明顯的收穫是,在約翰尼-塞克斯頓遲遲沒有退出後,球隊 "缺乏方向"。

"當塞克斯頓掌舵時,愛爾蘭有更多的方向,知道他們在做什麼,"奧沙利文告訴BBC阿爾斯特電台的Sportsound Extra Time。

37歲的塞克斯頓對球隊的持續重要性--而且安迪-法雷爾仍然試圖決定一個明顯的後備飛俠--隨着明年法國世界盃的臨近,這仍將是愛爾蘭球迷的擔憂。

雖然克勞利首發出場,但愛爾蘭隊最後的制勝點球是由替補飛俠羅斯-伯恩踢出的,他是在塞克斯頓退出後才進入球隊的。

愛爾蘭在周六晚上的比賽中缺少了其他飛人選擇,喬伊-卡貝里(Joey Carbery)因頭部受傷而被排除在外,而Ciaran Frawley上周接受了膝蓋手術,預計將休戰數月之久。

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奧沙利文在談到芒斯特小將克勞利時說,他在戰勝斐濟的比賽中從替補席上首次登場,在開球前不久就被安排上場,他補充說:"期望一個第一次上場的球員就能抓住一切機會,這可能是不公平的。

"我不認為這(周六的比賽)說明Crowley不能勝任這項工作。

"同時,也沒有一個決定性的時刻可以說他肯定是下一個工作人選,所以從法雷爾的角度來看,這仍然有待討論。"

奧沙利文認為,C羅的加入可能被證明是有益的,因為他現在確實有對一級國家的大型比賽經驗,而在春季的六國賽期間,他可能無法獲得這種經驗。

"我認為法雷爾沒有把C羅放在首發位置上也許是錯過了一個訣竅,因為除非塞克斯頓受傷,否則他在六國賽中不會有這樣的機會。所以,這是個意外,而不是設計。"

總的來說,奧沙利文認為,"這是一場愛爾蘭能夠脫身的比賽,很幸運"。

"前愛爾蘭教練補充說:"這場比賽的一般說法是,能醜陋地獲勝是很好的,但如果弗利決定踢[遲到的]點球並成功了,這可能是一場平局。


Last updated on .From the section Irish Rugby

Eddie O'Sullivan says an obvious takeaway from Ireland's narrow 13-10 win over Australia on Saturday was the team's "lack of direction" after Johnny Sexton's late withdrawal from the side.

"Ireland have more direction and know what they are doing when Sexton is at the helm," O'Sullivan told BBC Radio Ulster's Sportsound Extra Time.

Thirty-seven-old Sexton's continuing importance to the team - and with Andy Farrell still attempting to decide on an obvious back-up fly-half - will remain a concern for Ireland fans as next year's World Cup in France draws near.

While Crowley started, Ireland's late winning penalty was kicked by replacement fly-half Ross Byrne, who only came into the squad after Sexton's withdrawal.

Ireland went into Saturday night's game minus other fly-half options Joey Carbery, ruled out by a head injury, and Ciaran Frawley, who underwent knee surgery last week and is expected to be sidelined for a number of months. • None Ireland still have 'a lot to do' despite stellar year - Farrell

Referring to Munster youngster Crowley, who was pressed into service moments before the kick-off after making his debut off the bench in the win over Fiji, O'Sullivan added: "It's probably unfair to expect a player on his first start to come in and grab everything by the scruff of the neck.

"I don't think it [Saturday's game] says Crowley isn't up to the job.

"At the same time, there's no defining moment to say that he's definitely the next man up for the job so it's still out for discussion from Farrell's point of view."

O'Sullivan believes Crowley's inclusion could prove beneficial in that he now does have big game experience against a tier-one nation, which he may not get during the Six Nations in the Spring.

"I thought Farrell had maybe missed a trick in not putting Crowley into start because he won't get to do that in the Six Nations unless Sexton picks up an injury. So it happened by accident rather than design."

Overall, O'Sullivan felt "it was a game Ireland were lucky to get out of".

"The general narrative of the game was that it's great to win ugly but had Foley decided to kick the [late] penalty and succeeded, it could have been a draw," added the former Ireland coach.

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