Rugby analyst and coach Liam Dunseath is back in the video booth and in this episode he is training his eyes on England and Ireland’s epic battle in Dublin.
Ireland heacoach Joe Schmidt admitted his side was battered in every area, conceding that only a renewed grit will set Rory Best’s team back on track – especially with this autumn’s World Cup hurtling into view.
“That is a reality check about the physicality that will be required to be successful in this World Cup year,” said Schmidt.
England’s kick chase and hunger to turn Ireland and pressure them in position paid dividends – Eddie Jones sides continually won the aerial contest, one of Ireland’s strengths under Schmidt.
Ireland, for their part, struggled while in posession of the ball, with sloppy passing and poor execution undermining their performance with ball in hand.
The video unpacks nine occasions when England either out-foxed Ireland, or the men in green struggled while in control of the ball.
“It was very difficult to contain their forward momentum,” said Schmidt. “It’s something that happened two years ago against the All Blacks.
“We got bullied here two years ago, and it happened again. You’ve got to be prepared to give as good as you get, and we didn’t do that tonight.
“We probably didn’t have the same physical edge that they did. We’ve got to make sure our solutions are that we get better pressure on the ball.
“We didn’t get a turnover on the ground tonight.
“There was quite a lot of volume with them stirring each other up and getting off the line. And they backed that up with a lot of physical intent.
“I think we were physically bettered. I don’t think I’ve seen a game where our opponents got so many physical, dominant tackles, where our opponents have carried physically in the manner that they did.”
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