12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
"We didn't use our line speed in defence. We didn't force ourselves to take the ball to them.
"We talked about that at half-time. There were elements of our game that were very good. We just had to work on the rest of it, and we did that.
"We carried the ball hard at them. We put some good rugby together. We'll learn from that. We know we have to respect the set piece and build our game off that.
"We felt fairly good fitness-wise. So, we said we would ask questions of them. It showed when they started to break the game up with replacements. Their resilience came through in that match-winning try."
Out-half Gareth Quinn McDonogh delivered all thirteen points, including the show-and-go try and conversion two minutes into injury-time.
This was a valuable exercise for a bunch of players who will be part of Ireland's build-up to next year's Under-20 Six Nations, with preparations getting underway in July.
There are also two or three vacancies still to be filled on the plane to the IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina in June.
"This was more of a performance barometer for us in preparing for next year's Six Nations. It is about sizing the opportunity in every game, having no regrets when you come off the pitch," added Clarke.
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