Friday 26 May 2017

Wallace demands discipline

David Wallace says Ireland have to be harsh on themselves over their lack of discipline Photo: Getty Images
David Wallace says Ireland have to be harsh on themselves over their lack of discipline Photo: Getty Images

DAVID WALLACE says Ireland have to be "harsh" on themselves over their lack of discipline if they are to defeat Wales in Croke Park on Saturday, writes Hugh Farrelly.

The Grand Slam champions recovered from the shock of their 33-10 defeat by France in Paris to record an excellent victory over England in Twickenham and are now targeting a fifth Triple Crown in seven tournaments, with Scotland following Wales to Croke Park on Saturday week.

However, the fact that Declan Kidney's men gave away 14 penalties to England's six has been a cause for concern within the camp, and Wallace says there is a fierce determination within the squad not to fall foul of referee Craig Joubert on Saturday.

"Last week our lack of discipline let England back into the game so we've got to be harsh on ourselves in that area and learn from that," said the flanker.

"It's certainly something we have addressed and will continue to before the Welsh game. It could come down to the last kick again like last year in Cardiff and we had ourselves to blame for large parts of that in terms of our discipline.

"And I think this will definitely be as physical as England. Last year in Cardiff was one of the most physical games I have ever played."

Irish Independent

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