Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Earls: Ireland coming together

Keith Earls

Keith Earls believes Ireland are close to producing the type of destructive performance that has proved frustratingly elusive.

Since adopting a more expansive gameplan during the autumn, Ireland have shown only glimpses of their potential and confidence levels have ebbed as a result. Failure to topple Scotland in Sunday's RBS 6 Nations showdown at Murrayfield would further gnaw at the self-belief of a team suffering amid a high error count.

"Hopefully this week it's all going to click. We've trained well this week," said the Lions winger. "We were dropping silly balls but the last few days have been extremely good, hopefully we can take that onto the pitch."

He added: "It's been frustrating since that France game. We scored three tries against them which is a massive positive.

"We can beat anyone in the world if we cut out the silly mistakes and keep hold of simple passes.

"There's definitely a feeling that if we cut out the mistakes we can produce something good.

"We're due a massive performance. We've been getting into the right places and had France under the cosh.

"This weekend is going to be massive for us."

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