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Ireland must take care of their own fate with World Cup win over Samoa, says Farrell


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Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Ireland's Chris Farrell believes the side must focus only on themselves this week as the pool stages of the World Cup reach their conclusion.

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Japan's bonus-point win over Samoa on Saturday has kept the hosts in top spot of Pool A, three ahead of Ireland and nine of Scotland who have played a game fewer.

If Ireland match Japan and bank a bonus-point win over Samoa this weekend, then Joe Schmidt's men will be guaranteed a spot in the quarter-finals but they will have to wait until after the hosts take on Scotland to know if they've done enough to top the pool, avoiding the All Blacks and earning an extra day of rest before the last eight.

"We just need to look after our own ship now," said the Fivemiletown native. "We need to get what we need out of the Samoa game. After that everything will take care of itself."

The Munster centre hasn't featured since Ireland's shock loss to Japan in Shizuoka, sitting out the victory over Russia last week. He admits he was envious of those who got to go again just five days later but says the mood in the camp is positive.

"I would love to have been out there (against Russia)," he said. "In the warm-up, we were looking around and there were so many Irish fans in the stadium.

"After the Japan game we said we were lucky that we had the five-day turnaround to get back on the pitch and put things right, because there's obviously going to be a bit of uneasy energy in the team room for a day or two after, just boys a little bit down.

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"No matter who you lose to, it's tough to be in camp and not get a break from that because you are around the same lads that you played with and you don't get to go home to your family, or you don't get to meet up with your friends and talk about something completely different. Most people are dwelling on that for a couple of days and it does take a little bit of time.

"But for the large part, it's been really good here. We've bonded well as a team, we've all got out into the cities and done things we find enjoyable. So the mood in the camp is very good, it's very positive."

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