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Ireland are in a good place ahead of Twickenham clash


Ireland's head coach Andy Farrell. Photo: Daniel Lead-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

Ireland's head coach Andy Farrell. Photo: Daniel Lead-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

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Ireland's head coach Andy Farrell. Photo: Daniel Lead-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

Ireland coach Andy Farrell believes Ireland can get even better as they look forward to a Triple Crown clash with his old side England in Twickenham later this month.

Ireland's superb bonus-point win against Wales means Farrell's men will be in fine spirits as he bids to seek revenge against the country who sacked him as assistant coach in 2015.

"We'll enjoy tonight," said Farrell. "We said it wasn't a brilliant performance but we had a good preparation this week with an improved performance. But even after a bonus-point win there is plenty more in us and we'll be looking to do that.

"It's a good place to be, two from two and still plenty to do. We've room for improvement. It was a gutsy performance. We didn't convert as much as we could have in the first-half and Wales might have been happier going in at the break.

"We got an early foothold this week compared to against Scotland. We just need to make sure we're nice and physical for the full 80 minutes. For much of it, we were going forward in defence and attack.

"In the second-half our set-piece tightened up, our defence was good and we converted our chances in attack. If we have a foundation like this we can build massively.

"We saw a bit of grit from the boys. Conditions weren't great so to come out on top against the wind was awesome. We're going to get better and we need to, we left a few things out there as well so I suppose that's a good place to be.

"We're not going to see everything we want to see after two games but we know we have a lot of fight. We're an honest group and we'll sit down and look at all areas in order to get better.

"We've good players and they know how to win games. We've got a bit of a break and we'll come back to build on what we've started. At times we were clunky so we can work on that."

Captain Johnny Sexton revealed that the desire to achieve the bonus-point win against the Grand Slam champions had been hatched in a players' meeting on the eve of the match.

Jacob Stockdale was part of a scintillating back three performance as Ireland produced one of their most complete displays since 2018.

"It's going to take a few weeks to get into the new structure of things, especially the new coaching ticket and new ideas, but I thought we did it really well today.

"I think our physicality was brought to the next level and in all fairness to Wales, they came and they pushed us hard so it was just great to get the win.

"They came and they fired a few shots early on and we know how good we can be when we're all over our carrying and our breakdown and it just had to come throughout the game.

"Once we started to do that the tries came and it was a really fun game to play in."

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