Sunday 25 February 2018

Ireland must avoid soft tries to have chance against France, warns Kearney

David Kelly

David Kelly

ROB Kearney has admitted that Ireland need to radically reduce their error count if they are to avoid another defeat on French soil this Sunday.

"We just need to limit our errors and not give away soft tries, which is what we've usually done in Paris," he says.

"So if we're still there with a good chance after 60 minutes, then we'll be in a good place rather than if we're having to chase the game with 20 minutes to go."

Kearney (groin) was the only one of the injured Irish quartet to train fully yesterday.

However, despite limited contact all week, Cian Healy (jaw) is expected to be fit while both Sean O'Brien (ankle) and Gordon D'Arcy (foot/shoulder) are also due to be named in what is likely to be an unchanged side this afternoon.

Kearney's Leinster team-mate and Irish captain Brian O'Driscoll says his recovery from shoulder surgery is on track after training with his provincial team-mates for the first time since his injury this week.

"On Monday I went into training and the lads were in good spirits," O'Driscoll said. "It's great to get some pitch time and train with other players rather than the coaches.

"It did remind me, though, how far I have to go, even down to skills and relearning defensive systems and calls.

"And no, I am not getting any special treatment in terms of the physical aspect of things, although there was no contact work during this session."

Meanwhile, Munster back-row David Wallace underwent his first full training session in six months as he continues his recovery from the knee injury that forced him to miss the World Cup in New Zealand.

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