Thursday 18 December 2014

Paul O'Connell: We're focused on reducing our errors, not revenge

Published 31/01/2014 | 19:59

Scotland will be seeking to make it two wins in a row against Ireland this weekend, but Paul O’Connell says revenge is not on their mind.

Last year Ireland suffered a demoralising defeat to the Scots despite dominating the home side at Murrayfield, losing 12-8 in what was a disappointing campaign overall, but Ireland’s inspirational captain insists revenge isn’t the primary motivation.

“I think revenge would be the wrong word,” he said in today’s press conference.

“We’re more focused on reducing our errors rather than seeking revenge.”

O'Connell said that while they had poured over the painful footage and it is the most recent reference point, he is optimistic ahead of Sunday’s encounter, sentiments echoed by head coach Joe Schmidt at Carton House today.

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