Tadhg Furlong has explained that a lack of accuracy from his side was a huge factor in Ireland’s defeat to England in the Six Nations opener at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
Ireland were well beaten by a strong English side who were quick to punish Joe Schmidt’s charges when given the chance.
Furlong, who started the game on Saturday, feels that Ireland lacked “a little bit of accuracy” and that their opponents exploited the opportunities that were presented to them.
“A little bit of accuracy (was lacking) on our part,” began Furlong speaking to the media as Ireland prepare for a quick turn around against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.
“England are a good team. They exploited the opportunities we gave them.
“So, I suppose if we get back to trying to be accurate and doing what we do. It isn’t easy to do it in Test match rugby but if we try to get back then we’re hopeful our performance can improve.”
The defeat on home soil was a massive blow for Ireland who were coming off of a history-making year which saw them win the Six Nations Grand Slam, a Test Series in Australia for the first time since 1974, and beat the All Blacks in Dublin.
Despite the blow, Furlong outlined that he doesn’t feel Ireland should stray too far from the formula that provided them with so much success in the year previous as they look ahead to a tricky test against the Scottish.
“Look, losing games is never nice but it doesn’t mean you throw it all away either and start changing things massively.
If we get back to the accuracy that we can bring, we’re confident we can bring a performance as well.
Obviously, you have to take the learnings but you don’t carry hurt with you into this weekend and try to do something you usually wouldn’t do or whatever. We just go back to what we do well.”
Furlong also outlined that, as important as it is to use the hurt of the England defeat as motivation ahead of Saturday’s clash at Murrayfield, Ireland must remain focused and accurate in the games’ opening stages.
“Use the motivation, work harder and get stuff nailed down.
“Try to be more accurate. It doesn’t mean that we’ll go out absolutely banging our chests. We have to start accurately.
You saw when we weren’t on our game two years ago what happened over there. They had a such a lead. We have to be composed and accurate.”