Ireland centre Chris Farrell has hailed Joey Carbery’s resilience in their win over Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Carbery was introduced to the game with just 24 minutes on the clock as Johnny Sexton was removed from the game as he subsequently failed a head injury assessment (HIA).
It wasn’t a perfect performance from the Munster out-half. His intercept pass five minutes from his entry which Finn Russell picked off resulted in a try from Sam Johnson.
The converted try brought Scotland within two points of their opponents but the 23-year-old steadied himself to guide Ireland to a win.
He produced a superb break in the second half and a lovely floating pass at full speed to Keith Earls for a crucial try which had a major impact on the outcome of the game.
Carbery’s international and provincial teammate, Farrell, was asked about the former Leinster man’s performance in the mixed zone after the match and he praised the resilience he showed.
“It’s great experience for him as well and it shows how resilient he is,” Farrell said. “He’s a massively resilient character in Munster as well. I’ve got to know him really well over the last six months when he’s down in Limerick.
“It’s great for him to bounce back the way he did. Because he then got control of things and made a nice little break for Earlsy’s try. He looked really dangerous.”
“He will learn from what he’s done and it shows he can bring massive confidence into how he reacted to that himself and us as a team. We feed off him, especially as a centre, whenever your 10 has his head up and he’s playing with confidence then it’s great to play outside him. That’s great for him.”
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said in the post-match press conference that Sexton should be back for their clash with Italy but he may be tempted to give Carbery an opportunity from the get-go to give more experience to 23-year-old with the World Cup at the end of the year.