March 19, 2019

Ferris: Ireland don't look to be enjoying their rugby

17 March 2019, 11:37 | Anna Jefferson

Johnny Sexton of Ireland looks dejected

Johnny Sexton of Ireland looks dejected

The 2018 Six Nations champions surrendered their title to Wales in underwhelming fashion.

Gatland, who steps down after the World Cup later this year, still tried to suggest they could creep in to the World Cup unnoticed but fell short. Today was a nightmare for Johnny Sexton.

Former Ireland worldwide Stephen Ferris thinks teams have adapted to Ireland's tactical approach and says the body language isn't positive from the men in green.

No one will fancy playing them in Japan, they look a tough nut to crack and they could potentially end up meeting England at the quarter-final stage.

"Those two guys are not the reason we lost and those two guys we'll continue to invest in", Schmidt declared.

"We have to be more consistent, dust ourselves off and hope we finish strong in the World Cup".

Larmour did dance his way over with the last play of the game to at least save face for Ireland, but they were a long way off their rampant opponents, who will enjoy their night.

Wales trained on Friday morning at the stadium with the roof closed due to poor weather conditions, having previously trained this week at the stadium with the roof open. So they've said to the Six Nations directly, "can it be closed?"' "I thought they defended well and our discipline wasn't quite what we needed it to be".

Ireland were soundly beaten by a Wales team that won their third Grand Slam under Warren Gatland as Joe Schmidt's side slumped to their second defeat of the tournament.

"They scored after a couple of minutes and you're always under a little pressure and we didn't respond overly well to that pressure, giving up penalties".

"Emotion plays a huge part in big games like that".

"We've won 23 of our last 26 Test matches - we've finished third in the Guinness Six Nations and once upon a time that wasn't the catastrophe that it is today for Ireland".

He said: "I'd like to take my hat off to Wales and Gats". We'll be the first to put our hands up and say that's not as good as we want to be but we'll reflect, rebuild and go forward.

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