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Heaslip: We'll improve our game for Le Crunch

Jamie Heaslip is unconcerned by Ireland's faltering start to the Six Nations as they address the fallout from their laboured 29-11 victory over Italy at Croke Park.

France, who are considered the favourites to seize Ireland's Six Nations crown, are next up and while Heaslip refuses to hit the panic button, he admits progress must be made this week for the game in Paris.

"The game got loose at times and we needed to buckle down," he said. "Instead of throwing the ball around we needed to square up a bit more. In the end we did.

"We'll improve on those things and hopefully be in better shape against France.

"There are little things that need to be tweaked. There's nothing to be worried about. A bit of tweaking and it will be fine.

"It was a first day out in a few weeks for some of the boys. It was good to get the win and get the ball rolling and I'm sure we'll be in good shape for next week."

Heaslip also felt Ireland answered their many critics in the scrum, traditionally an area of Italian strength that was subdued at Croke Park.

"Cian Healy and John Hayes did a great job for us. The front five did a fantastic job in the scrum -- it was a great effort by the pack," he said.

"People were saying stuff before the match but I don't think they'll be saying it now."