Monday 23 April 2018

Eoin Reddan: We're already over Wales defeat and focusing on Scotland

Eoin Reddan of Ireland puts in a box kick during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at Millennium Stadium
Eoin Reddan of Ireland puts in a box kick during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at Millennium Stadium
14 March 2015; Paul O'Connell, Ireland, wins a lineout against Wales. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Wales v Ireland, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Tommy Bowe, Ireland, is tackled by Scott Williams, Wales. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Wales v Ireland, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Wales players celebrate at the end of the match as Ireland players look dejected Action Images via Reuters / Paul Childs Livepic
Wales players celebrate at the end of the match Action Images via Reuters / Paul Childs Livepic
Ireland's Rob Kearney looks dejected at full time Action Images via Reuters / Paul Childs Livepic
Ireland's Paul O'Connell gets away from Wales' Taulupe Faletau during the RBS 6 Nations match at the Millennium Stadium
CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 14: Warren Gatland the head coach of Wales looks on prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at The Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Paul O'Connell, Ireland. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Wales v Ireland. Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Ireland's Jared Payne gets past Wales Jamie Roberts during the RBS 6 Nations match at the Millennium Stadium
Scott Williams goes over for Wales' try
14 March 2015; Ireland's Rob Kearney, centre, following his side's defeat. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Wales v Ireland. Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
14 March 2015; Jonathon Davies, Wales, is congratulated by Liam Williams, 11, after scoring his side's first try. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Wales v Ireland, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales.
14 March 2015; Rob Kearney, Ireland, is tackled by Taulupe Faletau, left, and Dan Biggar, Wales. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Wales v Ireland, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
14 March 2015; Paul O'Connell, Ireland, with match referee Wayne Barnes. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Wales v Ireland, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
14 March 2015; Paul O'Connell, Ireland, is tackled by Luke Charteris, Wales. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Wales v Ireland, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Niamh Horan with Kate Burke Wales Louisa Hamell Dublin Michelle Barry Dublin in Cardiff ahead of the RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship clash between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Picture By Mark Mc Conville
14 March 2015; Members of the Rathdrum Women's Rugby team burst into song in Cardiff ahead of the RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship clash between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
14 March 2015; Ireland supporters Jacqui Wray, from Portadown, Co. Armagh, left, and Fiona Hillen, from Newry, Co. Down, in Cardiff ahead of the RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship clash between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Michael Verney

Eoin Reddan says that Ireland have already parked their Cardiff disappointment and are in 'preparation mode' for next week's championship-deciding game against the Scots at Murrayfield next Saturday.

There was to be no Irish Grand Slam fairytale on St Patrick's weekend as Warren Gatland's Welsh side produced a power-packed performance in front of a jam-packed Millennium Stadium, winning 23-16.

Reddan, a 67th minute replacement for Conor Murray at scrum-half, says that Joe Schmidt's philosophy is to forget about the past and work towards the future and the Leinster man fully endorses this approach.

"Everything will be done with a view to next week because there's no point in worrying about what's gone because we can't do anything about it. If we spend as much time as possible focusing on next week then it gives us the best chance of winning," Reddan said.

"The quicker we react and the quicker we get over this the better chance we have of performing to the necessary level next weekend. If we start now then that's the best way of dealing with it, rather than waiting a couple of days."

The fly-half praised his sides' never say die attitude as they 'fought until the end' but did acknowledge the malfunction of the Irish line-out and the improvements which need to be made before the Scotland game.

He said: "We're used to the exceptional performance in the line-out and it's bound to look a little bit strange when it's off. Wales dealt with us very well in that department and we'll have a look at that with a view to making sure everything is ready for next week."

Reddan was instructed to deliver his own job of passing and kicking by Joe Schmidt upon his introduction and despite some success he praised the efforts of a resolute Welsh defence, who held out in a thrilling finish.

"They defended really well and unfortunately we just couldn't break them down when we needed to. It all comes down to really basic things that we're all able to do but it's just a matter of putting all those things together under pressure and today that just didn't happen."

On his team mate and captain Paul O'Connell, who reached his 100th international cap in the loss, Reddan had no doubt that the Munster man would be the first man to get over the disappointment.

He said: "The kind of person that Paul is he'll move on and get over it. He certainly won't worry about, he hasn't got to where he is now by dwelling on problems."

The experienced 34-year-old played a huge role in Ireland's barnstorming finish, contributing to Ireland's penalty try and has no qualms with referee Wayne Barnes, despite a late controversial penalty against Ireland and a number of other debatable calls.

"We've no gripes with the referee. They're very strict and that's the way we want them to be. Referees being strict and tough is good for the game especially the way we play."

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