Friday 21 September 2018

The Left Wing: Luke Fitzgerald on the errors by Rob Kearney and CJ Stander for both Hogg tries

Ireland returned from Murrayfield with nothing but a losing bonus point as Joe Schmidt's side failed to ignite in their Six Nations opener against Scotland.

There has been plenty of finger pointing since Saturday and even theories that the team's late arrival may have played a role in Ireland's lacklustre start and subsequent defeat.

Former Ireland international Luke Fitzgerald joins Will Slattery for this week's Facebook Live (Watch below) edition of The Left Wing,  in association with Aer Lingus.

Every Monday during the Six Nations, The Left Wing features Luke's unique blend of analysis and opinion as he takes you inside the game to give an honest and informed assessment of the performance of the Ireland team.

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Much was made of the fact that Ireland arrived at Murrayfield late and Fitzgerald believes the incident could have impacted on the team's preparations.

"Everything is so scheduled now and they would have known (alloted) times for things. The only people who would have really been affected by that are the kickers but I thought Paddy (Jackson) had a great game," he said.

"It does put you off, little things like that can have an effect and obviously it did have an effect because he mentioned it in the post-match press conference but you've got to move on from those things pretty quickly.

"I don't think it's an excuse in the grand scheme. I don't think it's a viable excuse."

Fitzgerald spoke to the Irish bus driver and he claimed that the delay in getting to the ground was due to the route Edinburgh police took them on.

"I don't know if there was foul play but you've got to recover from those things," he added.

Fitzgerald dissected Scotland's opening try when Garry Ringrose was left exposed on the wing as Stuart Hogg went in and highlighted CJ Stander's fault in the second Hogg try.

Ireland did emerge from Saturday's game with a losing bonus point and he doesn't expect Schmidt to wield the axe for this weekend's clash with the Italians in Rome.

"I'm not as downtrodden as everyone else. I don't think it's time for wholesale changes."

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