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Scrum coach John Fogarty calls for improvements and says there's a lot more to come from Ireland

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Cian Healy (c) had issues with the referee’s decisions at scrum-time against Scotland last weekend when he conceded two penalties

Cian Healy (c) had issues with the referee’s decisions at scrum-time against Scotland last weekend when he conceded two penalties

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Cian Healy (c) had issues with the referee’s decisions at scrum-time against Scotland last weekend when he conceded two penalties

Ireland scrum coach John Fogarty reckons Ireland have a lot more in their locker ahead of tomorrow's clash with Wales.

One of the new men on Andy Farrell's coaching ticket, the former Leinster and Munster hooker is confident his side can find the fixes they need after being penalised at the set-piece last week against Scotland.

That was a stuttering start to the new era, but Fogarty, who won an Ireland cap against New Zealand in 2010, believes the team are only getting started.

"We've had a number of weeks prep for Scotland, we've another week in us now," he said.

"There's plenty more to come. There have been huge positives out of last week, the win has really been important.

"As a coaching group, as a whole group, we're unbelievably excited about where we can go with the team, but we'll do it step by step and tomorrow is another step for us. It's important that we take it, we're looking forward to it."

Cian Healy was penalised twice in last week's game, but he keeps his place in the team and Fogarty believes they have worked out the issues he struggled with.

"That was to do with head space. So the lads were setting down and the Scots were coming down on top of head," he explained.

"So he had to move his head which would open up a joint. That was what the conversation was about.

"For us to manage ourselves in that space, that's what we did during the week, we problem-solved a little bit. That cohesion bit with our front-rowers, all nine of them, has been important this week.

"There is always going to be that communication between (head of referees) Alain Rolland and World Rugby and the countries involved.

"I thought it was a difficult first day for them (Wales) as well. There was a lot of wait at the bind stage.

"We are lucky that we have got Romain Poite. He is a good ref and he manages the situation really well. Wales have been talking about making sure they are nice and clean for the referee so we would be much the same.

"We want to have a good game. We want to create moments for our home crowd to get into. We don't want to slow the game down.

"We want to start accurate, with discipline. If you want to have a fast start, you need to be nice and accurate.

"There needs to be a level of control in what you do and you need to have discipline, so we'll be doing all those things to make sure we get a start that we want. We are focusing more on what we need to do, we'll let Romain do his job.

"We'll prepare for what Wales might present but the focus is on what we do, developing that cohesion during the week, being clear in our minds and hopefully delivering tomorrow. That's what the boys are really excited to do."

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