Friday 30 September 2016

Brian O'Driscoll is a little pessimistic about Ireland's chances on their tour of South Africa

Published 19/03/2016 | 20:04

Brian O'Driscoll believes Ireland's final two wins were massive for Joe Schmidt's side
Brian O'Driscoll believes Ireland's final two wins were massive for Joe Schmidt's side

Brian O'Driscoll has delivered his verdict on Ireland's Six Nations and has given his prediction for the upcoming tour of South Africa in the summer.

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CJ Stander, Keith Earls, Conor Murray and Devin Toner all struck with tries as Ireland edged a thrilling clash 35-25 with Scotland, capitalising on pivotal yellow cards for John Barclay and Alex Dunbar.

Speaking on ITV, O'Driscoll said: "They did in the first half with the Barclay yellow, two tries when he was off the pitch and when Dunbar went to the bin.

"One thing where Ireland have been guilty in the first three games in particular, was not being clinical when we found ourselves in the opposition 22.

"A Joe Schmidt trait is that his teams are very clinical in that green zone and they turned an awful lot of pressure into points."

Ireland have three-Test tour of South Africa to look forward to, as well as two autumn encounters with the mighty All Blacks and O'Driscoll believes Ireland are in a good place heading into those games.

"They needed those two wins... finish strong going into that tough summer in South Africa. Three tests down there. If they can pick up one win it will be tremendous," he added

"I think they'll be quietly happy given the injury list.

"They're getting better as the year progresses and hopefully they'll continue in that vein."

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