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'There is plenty more in us' - Andy Farrell bullish on Irish improvement ahead of England showdown

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Ireland head coach Andy Farrell says there is still plenty of room for improvement after two Six Nations wins. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell says there is still plenty of room for improvement after two Six Nations wins. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Ireland head coach Andy Farrell says there is still plenty of room for improvement after two Six Nations wins. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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 notched a superb bonus-point win against the Grand Slam champions Wales in the Aviva Stadium earlier this afternoon and 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’s a good place to be.

"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 were calm in the first half in terms of seeing space and using it, we played some great stuff. We defended a lot in the second half and then got a bit clunky but it’s a good learning for us.

"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’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."

Captain Jonathan 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.

"I’m always proud of this group," said Sexton.

"Even last week when we didn’t have our best performance. I’m happy we were able to play and get over the line a few times.

"I thought with that wind the five-point lead at half-time maybe wasn’t enough. We held them out and had a little bit of luck.

"We made the game easier by showing up for each other and that’s what we asked from ourselves last night.

"But we need to step up we don’t win much in Twickenham and we’ve got a couple of spankings over there recently."

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