This is not one of those days where Ireland needs to score a certain number of points to keep the chase going. Any old win would do against Scotland to claim the Triple Crown and put pressure on France in the final game of Super Saturday.
It’s not an indication of how far the team has come in a year where much of the internal and external focus following the record win at Twickenham was focused on what Andy Farrell’s side went wrong.
It is now considered that this team can rip apart opponents in terms of quality with its high-pass, high-paced, all-court game.
And that is what will bring their rewards against Scotland this Saturday.
CLICK YOUR RULES
And, when they analyzed the footage of the errors at Twickenham, Ireland couldn’t be tempted to look at every pass and convict those who pushed them.
This is the identity of the team now – and instead of backing down, it’s time to get involved.
Of course, with a faltering mess, there was a logical argument to be made for Ireland to defend the ball – and there were certainly personal moments where they could have kept possession, rather than break.
Ireland made 65 handling errors in their first four games, the most of any team.
However, they also top the charts in terms of passes taken and taken, so it can be expected that some balls will end up on the deck.
It’s all about decision-making, but it’s important to revisit those incidents without coaching this Irish team’s risk.
Without that, there would be little reward.
Regardless of the killer passes, Ireland are still vulnerable to conflict, where they tend to use the lighter Josh van der Flier as a first comer, rather than some of their bigger strikers. .
When it works, they make the fastest ball in this Six Nations tournament but both France and Italy lack numbers – and you can be sure that Rory Darge and Hamish Watson will find a way to commit numbers.
If that were part of England’s plans, then much of it would have gone up in smoke when they lost a man and opted to get rid of the fans.
However, Joe Marchant caused problems for Ireland. That is a continuing concern.
If you’re going to drop the ball often, it’s better to have a shot.
The biggest issue for Ireland lies in the context and all week the events in Twickenham have been a source of great debate.
Learning from experience is one thing, but the big challenge for this Irish forward will come when they are in a similar situation again, and need to think and find a way out of it.
Complaining to the referees will only get them so far – and although post-match assessments against World Rugby could help inform coaches, they are too late to influence the outcome. .
This week may not have the same status as a World Cup knockout, but there’s still a lot going on.
Against 15 men, a repeat performance in any region will see Ireland struggle.
All week, we’ve had various experts explain the nuances of what happened, and John Fogarty will lead the team’s review.
While there are concerns about Cian Healy’s ability to operate at this level 34 and Dan Sheehan’s inexperience, it doesn’t look like there will be any front row staffing changes.
It’s up to them to fix it.
Scotland named their team today, but they will be watching closely – and with former France supporter Pieter de Villiers managing their mess, they are sure to put pressure on Ireland.
Their forward line of Pierre Schoeman, George Turner and Zander Fagerson is very good, so Ireland will need a sustained effort with eight men to create the necessary foundation for their attack.
YOUR DISCIPLINE PLAN
Under Farrell, the focus on discipline is not as tight as it was in the past.
However, even a team that enjoys taking advantage of a number of opportunities will not be satisfied with the growing lack of discipline in London that has forced England to play.
It was high-level players, like Iain Henderson and Johnny Sexton, that had unusual moments when they lost sensation that made Farrell easier to correct.
At home, with the Dublin crowd behind them, Ireland should not be disturbed in the same way.
Discipline will likely be more of a focus in New Zealand this summer, but for now, a return to opening weekend levels should help ease nerves.
WIN OF THE AIR
Only France played more than Scotland, who used Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg to find space in the hopes of the second leg giving them a chance.
Against the French, their poor record let them down, but in their opening win over England it was Racing 92 No 10’s shoe that opened things up at a crucial stage at the end. five.
Ireland’s three defenders Hugo Keenan, Andrew Conway and James Lowe were arguably the best unit on the pitch last weekend at Twickenham and they will be confident this weekend.
Meanwhile, the loss of Duhan van der Merwe caused Scotland to lose some of its air power.
If Ireland can cut off Scotland’s access to the game, they have an attacking option capable of breaking through Steve Tandy’s defence and claiming the Triple Crown.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/ireland-must-stay-true-to-the-principles-of-their-attack-41455500.html Ireland must adhere to their offensive principles