Joe Schmidt Had Some Hard Words For Ireland In The Dressing Room Following England Defeat
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Bundee Aki says Ireland have “six days” to turn things around and get their World Cup preparations back on track following Saturday’s humiliating defeat to England.
Aki says Ireland were “slow-footed” against England and it’s time get “back to the drawing board” and they look to recover from their biggest defeat under Joe Schmidt.
And things don’t get any easier from here, up next is another fiery contest against Wales – which Aki thinks might just be the best thing for Ireland right now.
“We’ve got six days to turn this around, to be able to put in a performance we’re proud of,” Aki said
“We’ve got to make sure we don’t replicate that kind of performance. So it’s time to put in some good, quality training and get back to the drawing board.
“We’d rather get things wrong now than in the future. But we were very slow-footed against England, and we are disappointed.
“England are a quality side; give them a sniff and they will blow you away, and that’s exactly what they did to us.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do; we were off the boil completely. It doesn’t get any easier at all, going to Wales, but in a way that’s the best thing.”
Aki also revealed Schmidt dished out some home truths in the changing room after the crushing defeat to England.
“I think all the boys knew what the reality was,” said Aki.
“Joe gave us a few hard words which was fair enough.
“But now it’s about how the boys bounce back, and take it forward from here.
“We’ve got to get the basics right first, make our tackles, dominate our tackles, get in the line together and get out set-piece right first, before we start thinking about anything else.”