Sunday 17 December 2017

'We won't be chasing points haul' insists Rob Kearney as Ireland at full strength for Scotland

Ireland's Rob Kearney
Ireland's Rob Kearney

IRELAND have no injury worries going into their final Six Nations match against Scotland next Saturday and Rob Kearney says they will not go chasing a big score at Murrayfield.

Despite the massive physical effort against Wales last weekend, Joe Schmidt has a full deck to choose from and the full-back says the players are on their toes ahead of the team being selected.

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The Louth native conceded that Ireland were beaten at their own game in Cardiff but believes they are not far off where they need to be.

“I think you could say that right across the board for the majority of the team. every single player will probably pick a few instances or moments where they could have contributed a bit better to the team,” he said.

“I don't think you can particularly highlight key players. We are in this as a team. We are very, team, squad, 23 reflective and the same can be said right across the board.

“I think the start had a huge play in it. In huge Test matches like that, when you go 12-0 down, it's very difficult to claw your way back into it.

“From their perspective, I think they played exceptionally well. I think our discipline was poor, we got beaten in the air and we lost a few key lineouts. I think they were probably the three big areas that changed the force of the game.”

The championship will come down to points difference on Saturday, with Ireland trailing England by four points and Wales 22 points behind the tournament leaders.

Despite the pressing need to win by a score, Kearney insists Ireland won’t chase a score.

“That's out of our control. We won't be focusing in any way on the outcome, or points difference or anything like that. We have to be really professional and treat this just as a one-off game,” the Leinster star said.

“As soon as you start talking points difference and stuff, you disrespect the Scottish. That's something we don't want to do, and if we do you'll be punished for it. We certainly won't be thinking or talking about any points difference. We'll be going to win the game, and however we do that and by whatever margin - be it one, two, three - that'll be our focus.”

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