O’Connell urging Ireland to move on quickly

Paul O'Connell insists Ireland will have to look past the disappointment of defeat to Wales very quickly if they are to beat Scotland at Murrayfield next weekend. [more]

Paul O'Connell

Paul O’Connell insists Ireland will have to look past the disappointment of defeat to Wales very quickly if they are to beat Scotland at Murrayfield next weekend.

A dogged Irish display was thwarted by an immense defensive effort by Wales, who were brilliantly led by British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton to a 23-16 win.

O’Connell, who himself is a veteran of three Lions tours including the 2-1 series win Down Under in 2013, and co couldn’t quite unlock the Welsh defence in a thrilling finale.
 
And with just a week to recover before they tackle Scotland, O’Connell believes his players must simply move on and prepare for a fresh challenge.  
 
"We gave ourselves a chance to win the game. Unfortunately we just didn't go and do that," said O'Connell.

"We had a chance down there. We had a lot of phases and they held out. Then when they had their crack in our 22 they took it.
 
"We got back down there and scored one and had a chance to score another one. I think that moment when they held us out and then came down and scored probably played a big part in the game.

"It's a week to make sure we recover and look back at this to help us move forward. That's the big focus now."

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