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30th Mar 2015

Video: Ian Madigan says he still can’t forget missing that last minute penalty against Scotland

Madigan felt "pretty shook" watching the ball sail wide

Neil Treacy

It all ended happily ever after, but the thought still lingers with Ian Madigan.

As we all know, Ireland won the Six Nations in dramatic circumstances last week, claiming the title on points difference after England fell six short against France.

It didn’t matter in the end, but Ireland’s Ian Madigan missed a last second kick against Scotland, which would have pushed England’s target of victory out to 29 points against the French.

And with England coming within inches of a try in the dying seconds that would have secured the title, the thought of that missed kick was eating Ian Madigan alive.

Speaking to Off The Ball presenter Joe Molloy for an interview with the pair and Peter Stringer, which airs tonight on Setanta Ireland, Madigan says the thought of the kick sailing wide of the posts was gnawing away at him for the entirety of the game in Twickenham.

Madigan said that as soon as the final whistle went in Murrayfield, he was fearing the worst.

“I felt pretty shook straight away and I knew that if it came down to England covering the difference by 27 points, that I’d probably be the fall guy,” he said.

Madigan added that despite the positive outcome, he still can’t forget that sickening feeling.

“It still does hang with me. Just because we won the tournament, I won’t park missing the kick, I’ll still address why I missed.”

Madigan and Stringer’s interview with Molloy to preview Leinster and Bath’s Champions Cup quarter final this weekend will air on Setanta Ireland tonight at 9.30pm.

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