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Irish eager to up the ante, says Murphy

 

By Ruaidhri O'Connor

Assistant coach Richie Murphy says Ireland are unhappy they didn't score a try during their win over France.

Johnny Sexton's last-gasp drop goal claimed a famous victory in Paris but, having analysed the game, the kicking specialist says there is plenty for the coaches and players to work on as they focus on the meeting with Italy.

"We are not happy we played a game in France and didn't come away with any tries," Murphy said. "We're not in this to just kick penalties and drop goals, so our focus will be to try and tighten up that attack and try and apply enough pressure to Italy.

"We have seen and identified areas in our attacking game that we just try and improve and we will go with that."

Although a frozen pitch in Carton House disrupted their initial plans, Ireland trained yesterday afternoon at their base.

Jordan Larmour could feature when Joe Schmidt names his matchday squad tomorrow.

"He is very close to being ready," Murphy said.

"He's learning very quickly. It is just a matter of whether it is right this week or not."

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