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'We'll only have ourselves to blame': Rory Best laments missed chances in Wales defeat

The Ireland captain was ‘bitterly disappointed’ as Ireland’s title hopes took a beating by Wales.

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IRELAND CAPTAIN RORY Best expects the finger of blame to point squarely back at Ireland when they pick through the bones of their sapping 22 – 9 defeat to Wales.

The 2014 and 2015 Six Nations champions saw any realistic title hope fizzle out in Cardiff despite applying concerted pressure on their hosts in the second half before a late Jamie Roberts try put a gloss on the victory for Wales.

“We’re bitterly disappointed. I think when we take a look back at it, we’ll only have ourselves to blame,” Best told RTE post-match.

“Wales are a quality side, but we made a lot of errors, made a lot of mistakes (when trying) to get in front.

“And bar the 6 – 5 (first-half scoreline), we never really got in front. We never dominated the way we’d like. We had a few chances in their 22 that we didn’t convert.”

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