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Declan Kidney is refusing to kick his expansive game plan into touch despite Ireland's agonising, error-ridden defeat to France in Dublin.

Ireland outscored the visitors three tries to one on Sunday but were punished for their indiscipline as Les Bleus kicked six penalties to grind out a 25-22 victory.

While Kidney's side were electrifying at times, their ambition was thwarted by a high error rate.

But the coach has vowed to persevere with the side's adventurous approach.

"We need to keep playing this way and get used to doing it at Test level. It is the right way forward for us," the coach said. "There's no point crawling away now and just trying to play a damage-limitation game.

"That won't win us anything."

However, Kidney accepted the better side won in Dublin after Ireland had also made plenty of mistakes in their scrappy opening win against Italy. And the boss has told his troops they need to keep calm in crunch situations.

"The feeling is that game was an opportunity lost. We had too many turnovers," Kidney added.

"We won the try-count 3-1 but still lost the match, so we'll have to look again at the penalties to see which ones were under our control.

"The try count is of no consolation to me. People have paid to get in and are looking for us to win."

Meanwhile, England's Mark Cueto has warned team-mate Chris Ashton to prepare for life as a marked man after scoring nine tries in his past nine Tests.

Ashton became the first England player since 1914 to score four tries in a Championship match as the Red Rose romped past the Azzurri 59-13 at Twickenham on Saturday.

But having made a similar impact on the international scene six years ago - Cueto bagged eight tries in eight Tests - the 31-year-old believes the wonder winger will have a massive target on his back as rival sides look to shut down England's main weapon.

"Teams start to target you and they will maybe throw extra defenders [at Ashton]," said Cueto. "Whenever you do your analysis on the teams you come up against you pick out the threats and without a shadow of a doubt, teams will be looking at Ashy."

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