Ireland coach Declan Kidney said that he wanted to see his side make fewer mistakes in their World Cup warm-up second match with France next Saturday and ease pressure on the defence.
The 51-year-old - who has recently signed a new contract - has seen his side lose their first two warm-up matches, 10-6 to Scotland last weekend and then the 19-12 reverse in Bordeaux on Saturday.
Kidney, who guided the Irish to the 2009 Six Nations Grand Slam after a successful spell as Munster coach, said he had been pleased by the manner in which Ireland had come back into the match in the second-half but said that it needed to be over 80 minutes.
"France played well and we didn't play as well as I know that we're capable of playing," he said.
"So, when you put the two of those together you're going to end up doing an awful lot of defence.
"Our defence has had a lot of practice over the last two weeks. Last week and in the first half this week we put our defence under pressure.
"We have to look at doing more of what we did in the second half [against France]. But one half doesn't count - you need to do that for 80 minutes."
Kidney, who won the IRB coach of the year award in 2009, said that while France had played very effectively in the first half his players had helped them in turning the ball over so often.
"I thought they (France) obtained and retained possession very well and they stopped us from scoring a try," said Kidney, who must also be concerned that they have failed to score a try in the two matches.
"So the combination of those two - both in possession and in defence - was quite impressive.
"In the first half we did a bit of damage to ourselves because we probably didn't hang on to the ball too well.
"Similar to last week, that's what it was like. So that's a bit that we'll look at and work on getting right for next week.
"But they'll come with a lot of fresh bodies again next week - a few lads who didn't play on Saturday - and it'll be a huge challenge for us again."
Kidney's only injury worry is British and Irish Lions fullback Rob Kearney, who had to be replaced in the second half with a tight groin.
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