Eddie O'Sullivan on Ireland's defence: "I think it was better but I'd still be worried"

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Eddie O'Sullivan on Ireland's defence: "I think it was better but I'd still be worried"


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Just 80 minutes of action now stand between Ireland and a third Grand Slam achievement.

With Joe Schmidt's side having seen off Scotland and England then losing to France, Ireland had the Six Nations title wrapped up and now it's all about that Holy Grail of a first Slam since 2009.

As the clock ticks down to the date of destiny against England this weekend, we were joined by former Ireland head coach Eddie O'Sullivan and ex-Leinster captain Liam Toland to both reflect on the weekend and begin casting an eye towards Twickenham. 

The defence appeared to be better than it has been with an exciting Scotland side only notching one try at the Aviva Stadium.

"I think it was better but I'd still be worried," said Eddie of the Irish defence.

"Scotland had three or four gilt-edged opportunities and they butchered them. It was just bad execution on their part. 

"Stockdale's first try - the intercept try - was a mirror image literally of the Wales try. If you look at the video, instead of going over the top, if he went to Stuart Hogg, I think it was curtains there."  

He added that "the defence at times was again leaky in those outside channels". 

Continuing, Eddie said: "If England get that space and get the likes of Johnny May into that space, that probably won't end well for us. That's still a worry. We haven't fixed our defensive foibles. We just got a bit luckier last weekend I think."  

But Eddie did add that Ireland "looked less vulnerable" with the team getting off the line better and he also feels that Schmidt's team are deserving of their current ranking of second in the world behind New Zealand.

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