Ferris: Ireland don't look to be enjoying their rugby

Silvia Morton
March 17, 2019

"We're in a good position", he said.

Former Ireland global Stephen Ferris thinks teams have adapted to Ireland's tactical approach and says the body language isn't positive from the men in green.

While the Welsh Rugby Union denied the accusation, Wales coach Warren Gatland admitted that they have not heard back from tournament organisers yet, but confirmed he had accepted that the roof will be open due to Ireland's refusal to cooperate. "I am excited for the World Cup because you get two or three months together and you can prepare like a club side".

Defensively and offensively, Wales are in great condition, fitness-wise they look incredibly strong and they are very hard to beat.

For that game, the roof will remain open at Ireland's request. Gatland added: "It's nice when predictions come true, isn't it?"

"All I do is try to get the preparation right and the best preparation for top-class players is to be in pressure cooker situations and to try and work their way through them".

"We have a couple of big areas of the game that we really pride ourselves on and that get us into the game and that's usually our set-piece, because of our launch off that, and our discipline and both of those let us down today". Our physicality nullified what have been Ireland's strengths in scrum, lineout and runners off nine. For our group of players, they knew they were playing for first or third place.

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The below-par display was the final act of a campaign that began with a loss to England and also featured disappointing showings against Scotland and Italy.

"You are at home, there is a tidal wave of support behind you, and it built".

"The fact we've won three of the previous five makes it less than it should be".

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt says he's "disappointed" with the manner of Ireland's 25-7 defeat to Wales in the Six Nations today but has asked for Ireland to not "give up on this team" just yet.

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones said: "We are managing games better and working on these things".

"We have self belief and character, we are not going to shy away, we have been unconvincing at times too but we have put a target on our backs".

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