Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

O'Sullivan demands improvement from players

Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan admitted his side would have to improve despite

watching them break down hosts Wales in their Six Nations opener at the

Millennium Stadium.

Ireland ran in three tries en route to a 19-9 win, Rory Best scoring within

seconds of kick-off and Ronan O'Gara and Brian O'Driscoll both went over to seal

the victory. Wales, meanwhile, failed to add to their three first-half penalties

with a lacklustre display in the second period.

France are up next for the Irish and O'Sullivan insists his side will have to

do more to claim a second victory in the competition.

"I won't say I'm over the moon but I'm happy to get a win.

"If you'd told me we'd win and score three tries I'd have taken it. I

wouldn't get carried away though. If we play like we played today against France

we'll be in trouble.''

O'Sullivan was still happy with his side for coming through a tough match.

"It was a battle from start to finish but we're very happy to get the win.

We're going to be hard on ourselves [because] we created problems by not being

accurate.

"When you come to Cardiff you expect that [a challenging atmosphere] and

early on we couldn't hear the lineout calls it was so intense.

"We made our mistakes, as you do in a rough and tumble game" he added. "But

It's something to build on for next week."

The Ireland coach also revealed that inspirational captain O'Driscoll, who was

substituted late on, was nursing a hamstring problem and would be assessed

during the week.

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