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Published: 17:26 | 13/2/16

Schmidt "disappointed" with referee

Unhappy at "foul play" from France in Paris

Joe Schmidt admitted he was "disappointed" with referee Jaco Peyper's performance during Ireland's 10-9 defeat to France at the Stade de France.

The visitors suffered injury withdrawals to Sean O'Brien, Dave Kearney, Mike McCarthy and Jonathan Sexton during a bruising encounter with the latter and Kearney the victim of ugly challenges which Peyper viewed in a lenient manner.

"We're disappointed there wasn't more action taken for things that happened off the ball," Schmidt told RTÉ Sport.

"When there was a double-up of foul play, it was disappointing that it wasn’t sanctioned.

"We don’t have control of the TMO, so we have just got to be more efficient when we get into the 22.

"We’re disappointed. We felt a stronger performance from a ref might have determined that, but you have to stay in the game and determine the outcome and not rely on someone in the middle.

"They scored with 15 to go, so we spent about a ten-minute period in our own 22 and that took its toll in the end.

"Obviously it’s a massive disappointment; we had some opportunities in first and we didn’t take them.

"We're probably disappointed that there wasn’t some action take for some of the things that happened off the ball and we’ll review those.

"The frustrating thing is we had our opportunities; we did tire a bit and there was always a risk. I felt that we needed to get a lead on them. We got a small lead, but it never went beyond a score and they got that score.

"After a one-point loss and you have opportunities you didn’t take, it’s always disappointing.

"Conditions were atrocious and it was very slippery. It was harder to carry the ball in the first half than it was to defend because of that persistent rain. It was better in the second, but we didn’t have as much of the ball."

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