Friday 15 December 2017

Joe Schmidt won't try to second guess Gatland

Irish coach afraid to second guess what Gatland has in store

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt during squad training
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt during squad training

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt does not want to get caught up in a "double jeopardy" guessing game about what Warren Gatland's Wales will do.

"I'm not sure what he's thinking," said Schmidt.

"It's almost double jeopardy to start to think about what he might think we might think we're going to do, and then think that we might think about doing something else.

"And I'm not that smart - I got lost at the first 'think,'" he joked.

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"So we'll just try to work away, vary our game, and play as much as we can to our strengths."

Schmidt also took a swing at those who would label Ireland's strengths as just those of the 'kicking kings' of Europe.

"People have reported on some of those, but we like to mix our game up, even though people have talked about how much we kick.

"It was great to see someone do a bit of homework and work out we'd passed more than anyone else as well."

There does remain the impression Ireland are a team that will play to their strengths and to the weaknesses of Wales.

This has been reinforced by prop Jack McGrath's call for to arms.

"We know we're going to have to get everything right over there, because they're going to come at us hard," he said.

Meanwhile, decorated Welsh loose-head Gethin Jenkins will be all out to improve his 'played 12, lost 8' record against Ireland on his 113th international cap.

"It's a must-win game for us if we want any chance of winning the championship," he said.

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will try to focus on his own team's game rather than guess what Warren Gatland (inset below) will do with Wales.

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