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Ireland seem to be a bit rattled ever since that opening loss to England in the Six Nations, and the performances against both Scotland and Italy left a lot to be desired.

The fact that we still managed to come away from a worryingly tight encounter with a relatively poor Italian side, grasping a bonus point does offer hope, but Joe Schmidt is still asking his players to reevaluate their game.

“Sometimes when players haven’t played for a long time and they don’t quite get it perfect when they come back in,” he said.

“I think they can get a little frustrated and then try too hard and when they try too hard it doesn’t go well for them and then they start to lose a bit of confidence.

“Sometimes it’s just about taking a step back. We always talk about going forward. Sometimes you’ve got to take a step back and take a deep breath and not panic because I think the players were a bit… I suppose a bit broken by the fallout from the England game and then suddenly they start to question themselves.

“I think the coaching staff, it’s our job to re-energise the group and reignite the confidence.”

Wales sit at the top of the table with 12 points, England are on 10 and we sit in third with 9. So, theoretically, all going well, we could have a championship deciding game against Wales on Paddy’s weekend… hopefully.

-Daniel Potter