joe schmidt wants more intensity against wales

14:00    12 Mar 2019

Joe Schmidt
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt hopes his players can reproduce the intensity they showed for an hour against France last weekend for the whole of their Six Nations Championship decider away to Wales on Saturday.

Schmidt will take charge of his final Six Nations match at the helm of the Irish when they head to Cardiff. The defending champions could yet finish top of the pile again if they defeat the Dragons, but would also need England to lose at home to Scotland.

The Ireland coach admits that asking his players to turn up the dial for the whole of the game against Wales is a tall order.

“That intensity we brought, to replicate that, the human being, they’re not a regular machine so you've got to try to make sure that you're in the right frame of mind and you're ready to go,” said Schmidt.

“All those things are a little bit more complicated than saying right, I can tick that box, I can be satisfied with that 60 minutes - especially the first 40 - we just have to put two of those together.

“Now, I'd love it if we put two of those together but I know it's very hard to do.”

Schmidt said there was a lot to admire in a much-improved Irish performance, which saw them claim a 26-14 victory over Les Bleus.

“There's some things that looked bang on target but to replicate those, it's like anything,” he said.

“If you become distracted at all then there's a risk that they won’t be replicated the following time you get out there and play.

“We've got to stay as focused as we can on the things we didn't do so well, obviously those two tries at the end, they're a frustration.”

 

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