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WATCH: Ireland are ready to 'prove a point' after Japan setback, claims coach Andy Farrell

Pointing the way: Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell with the squad
Pointing the way: Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell with the squad
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Assistant coach Andy Farrell believes Ireland will use their setback against Japan in a positive way by 'proving a point' when they take on Russia tomorrow.

The Pool A favourites are now in a dogfight to reach the knockouts after their shock 19-12 defeat to the hosts in Shizuoka on Saturday when they were well below par.

While victory over rugby minnows Russia, who lost to Irish province Connacht in their warm-up matches, should be assured, head coach Joe Schmidt will no doubt want to see an improved performance too.

A bonus point win would send Ireland into their final pool match against Samoa in better spirits and knowing that victory over the Pacific Islanders would likely be enough to reach the quarter-finals.

Farrell, who has suffered setbacks in previous World Cups, knows their side will come out all guns blazing in tomorrow's game in Kobe.

"I think a setback, you can use it in the right manner," claimed the man who will take over from Joe Schmidt when the Kiwi steps down after the tournament is over.

"I think if you look back at the last three World Cups; South Africa losing to Japan, and losing the semi-final 20-18, you look at the 2011, France seemed to be in disarray throughout that competition, and there's a debate on whether they should have won the final there.

"In 2007 I was part of the England squad that got a thrashing off South Africa, and there was a bit of turmoil within that camp and they managed to get to the final and there was a debatable try that was disallowed.

"You can use these to your advantage. They're not ideal, but if you use them to your advantage they can be powerful, and as I said, after a couple of days of understanding the reasons why, I think we're in good spirits, back on track and ready to prove a point."

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