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Sunday 21 September 2014

O'Connell sees room to improve

Published 15/06/2014 | 18:07

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Ireland's captain Paul O'Connell has seen room for improvement

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell was happy to come out on top in both Tests against Argentina - even if neither of the performances were particularly pleasing to him.

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Ireland had never won in Argentina prior to last weekend's 29-17 triumph, but while they sealed another 23-17 success in Tucuman on Saturday night, O'Connell felt a sense of disappointment about the performances.

"Since last November we've been marginally improving all the time and when we have taken a step back we have learned from it very quickly and pressed-on so, to have two weeks and not performed and not been as accurate as we would have liked to have been, is disappointing," he said.

"I suppose we didn't get a lot of time together, but I think for a lot of the guys for whom it's their first experience of working under (coach) Joe (Schmidt), hopefully this will be of big benefit to them.

"You do get asked to do a lot of things very, very different to what you do back in your home province certainly for the Munster, the Ulster, the Connacht guys. So, it's a big learning curve."

O'Connell believes the key now is to regroup next season and push on with Ireland, with he himself looking forward to getting back into action for the new season after a break.

"Hopefully now I will get a very good, strong pre-season in now, build on what we've done this year under Joe with Ireland and get another pre-season into the World Cup and hopefully go there and achieve something special," he added.

"I haven't had a pre-season since the World Cup so that's when you really make the big gains, so from now on in it's all about getting for that."

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