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Thursday 14 December 2017

Eoin Reddan rallies Irish troops ahead of Scots

Eoin Reddan
Eoin Reddan

Scrum-half Eoin Reddan said it best.

For all the chat about Paul O'Connell's 100th cap, it is not the good days, but the bad days that define the man's greatness in how the Ireland captain responds to adversity.

They don't come much more dispiriting than what happened at The Millennium Stadium.

"The kind of person that Paul is he'll move on and get over it. He certainly won't worry about it.

"He hasn't got to where he is now by dwelling on problems," said Reddan.

Ireland's problems have been small compared to those encountered by England, France, Wales, Scotland and Italy.

Before Saturday, the main gripes were about how Ireland were winning because they were winning ugly.

The fact remains Ireland are still well in the hunt to retain The Championship for the first time since 1949.

They took Wales to the wire in a game where captain Sam Warburton talked about "one of the best feelings I've had in a Welsh shirt".

Reddan was adamant: "There's no point in worrying about what's gone because we can't do anything about it.

"If we spend as much time as possible focusing on next week then it gives us the best chance of winning.

"The quicker we react and the quicker we get over this the better chance we have of performing to the necessary level next weekend.

"If we start now then that's the best way of dealing with it, rather than waiting a couple of days."

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