Especially when it happened in the 67th minute which resulted in No 8 Duane Vermeulen having to throw the ball in at the lineout, putting the Boks under even more pressure.
“The card definitely played a role as we couldn’t get any momentum, made mistakes as we struggled to handle the wet ball and definitely something we need to work on going forward,” said Meyer.
“Just as we started to get back in the game, the card came and then you are under pressure at the lineouts, especially with a hooker off, we couldn’t throw in properly and then you always going to have an uphill battle.”
But Meyer said they wouldn’t criticise French referee Romain Poite, and are in any case are not allowed to.
“The referee is always right and in the first half Willie le Roux also went up (without getting the call), so we won’t talk about it, and we won’t use it as an excuse.
“We can use it as a reason but we won’t. Ireland did brilliantly and on the day were deserved winners,” he said.
“But we came back and then suffered a yellow card and away from home that was always going to be difficult, against a good kicking game. But credit to them, they were the better side on the night.”
This weekend it’s England who the Boks haven’t lost to under Meyer’s tenure which include three wins and a draw in Port Elizabeth.