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Ross: Ireland won't pay the penalty

Mike Ross accepts Ireland must address their discipline problem in time for their penultimate RBS 6 Nations assignment against Wales.

Referee Nigel Owens hammered Ireland 13-4 on the penalty count in Sunday's 21-18 victory over Scotland. They repeatedly offended at the breakdown and while Ross is pleased their nerve held at the climax, he insists they must show greater self-control.

"We're going in the right direction but it's frustrating that we win the try count 3-0 but are still fighting for the result with 10 minutes left," said the Leinster prop.

"We knew that if we got into their 22 we had a very good chance of scoring.

"Fair play to the Scots, they went through a purple patch in the last 20 minutes. At the same time, we didn't concede any more penalties at a point when we needed to make sure we didn't.

"We spent the last 10 minutes in our half and Chris Paterson was knocking over everything, so it was important we didn't concede.

"From that it's clear we are capable of not conceding, we just need to be consistent with it. We're getting there but there's certainly more work to do before we face Wales in Cardiff."

One of the departments of Ireland's game that has exceded expectations is the scrum, with strong performances against France and Scotland suggesting it is no longer a weak link.

Ross' selection at tighthead in his debut Six Nations has been a major factor behind the solid set piece.

"I'm pleased with the way we scrummaged. We've achieved what we set out to achieve," he said. "There were a couple of decisions we weren't too happy about. We felt we can definitely do better than that."


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