Rory Best pondered if Ireland placetoo much stress on ahead of their Rugby World Cup quarter-final which ended in a crushing defeat at the hands of New Zealand.
Seven tries were leaked by ireland in Tokyo and finished up on the incorrect aspect of a end result for a time in a Rugby World Cup in at least 36 decades, their wait to get a maiden semi-final is set to last.
Experienced hooker Bests Ireland career came to a close on the heart-breaking note and the 124-cap hooker pondered after the whistle about the explanations for the problems.
There is a lot of pressure on them and I think we allowed them to have a good beginning which took a little bit of the pressure away, said Best.
Everyone talks about the stress thats about the All Blacks earlier quarter-finals. But, when one hasnt been won by you and you feel you get great set and a training set up of players then you place pressure on.
Maybe weve been studying this for too long and been so focused on this we forgot to win a number of those small battles along the way throughout the previous 12 months.
We needed to set a bar than no Irish group has fulfilled. Weve done that many times across the six-and-a-half years with Joe [Schmidt].
It was an onus on us to acquire a quarter-final because then it will become a habit.
We spoke about it years back. I recall when we beat France three days in a row top as you hope to conquer France, it then becomes a habit Paul OConnell saying.
Before that they always seemed to be the team that stopped us winning Grand Slams.
With Joe, he helped remove a bit of the fear factor that the All Blacks held at the past three Tests. But while you do when you find the very best team on the planet fully prepared and focused on you and they see you coming a ton more it becomes a bit more difficult.
And should you create a few mistakes and you let them get their tails up it becomes much more difficult.
Joe Schmidt has taken control of Ireland with defence specialist Andy Farrell.
The leaving Kiwi has led Ireland to the nations first two victories over New Zealand, and also three Six Nations titles, including one Grand Slam.
Despite all of their accomplishments during that time, Greatest admitted their World Cup leaves will hurt for some time.
Tired, tender, angry. Right now you concentrate on precisely whats gone and were incredibly disappointed, said Finest if he awakened his feelings.
Weve got lots of big characters in that changing room and its not often that you get deadly silence. There were some of the men in tears. Thats what happens when everybody puts their heart and soul into something.