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