Ryan defiant ahead of second Test

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Donnacha Ryan remains confident ahead of facing New Zealand on Saturday
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Donnacha Ryan remains confident ahead of facing New Zealand on Saturday

Ireland may have lost the first Test against New Zealand by handsome margin and be battling a trio of injuries but lock Donnacha Ryan refuses to be negative ahead of Saturday's rematch.

The All Blacks eased to a 42-10 win at Eden Park and Ireland have since confirmed the match also left back utility Keith Earls with a pectoral injury that will keep him out of the second Test. Props Cian Healy (shoulder) and Declan Fitzpatrick (buttock muscle) are also short of full fitness following the match and will be monitored this week.

But Ryan has no intention of feeling downbeat, and said: "You've got to look at it like a (glass) half-full situation and not get discouraged when things go wrong. You have to keep persevering when things go wrong.

"It is important not to drop the head. The world keeps spinning so we've got to keep going. Next week will be a bigger challenge again.

"We'll have a look at what we did, or what we tried to do, last week. We will look forward and try to eradicate the mistakes. Having the familiarity of having the same guys beside you and there for another Test will hopefully help us.

Assessing the positives from the defeat, Ryan found several.

"We turned over the ball five times in New Zealand's 22 and had eight unforced turnovers too in their half.

"When we did up the intensity we got a good few line breaks. We've got to be a lot more clinical at the breakdown.

"It's about trying to evolve and get smarter every time. Against New Zealand you can't afford to turn the ball over so easily."

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