Ireland’s Andrew Conway expects ‘frank discussions’ after Six Nations loss to England
Andrew Conway anticipates a”couple frank talks” in the Ireland camp as they start the inquest into the crushing Six Nations loss to England.
When they were outclassed in Twickenham, ireland’s Triple Crown and Grand Slam dreams were smashed.
A sloppy beginning and expensive mistakes in Johnny Sexton and Jacob Stockdale contributed considerably to the Andy Farrell era’s very first defeat.
Asked how the team will react to Sunday’s 24-12 change in London, Munster wing Conway replied:”Just have a look back, watch what went wrong, have a few frank discussions, be sure everyone’s aligned, everyone’s on exactly the same page.
“These things happen in rugby. I’ve been lucky to be enjoying the sport for a quite long period and enough we’ve got a game in two weeks.
“It’s not the conclusion of the year, but it’s not a closing, and we’re not going on our summer vacations.
“We will get an opportunity to devote a much better performance in a few weeks and that’s the attractiveness of the game.”
A fumble from hesitancy and captain Sexton from wing Stockdale directed straight to England two tries, while the former had been still guilty of some kicking.
Ireland, who started the tournament with successive houses wins over Scotland and Wales, were 17 points down at the interval and never threatened a comeback, even despite second-half attempts from Robbie Henshaw and replacement Andrew Porter.
If Italy and Dublin see, the subsequent week, ahead of a against current table-toppers France farrell’s men return to action on March 7.
Conway had no complaints regarding the weekend result but believes the Irish remain well-positioned to recover the title he assisted triumph in 2018.
He explained:”We just got beaten by a much better team, did not we?
“If you remove those 2 mistakes behind the goal-line they were around us but that’s two mistakes that provides them 14 points. You’re in a bit of trouble when you move 17 points supporting against England in Twickenham.
“We are two from three, we’ve got Italy in Dublin next and we will put all our attention into this and hopefully we can get a better performance and a result there.
“And we’ll see where the table is located and what happens in different games also, all going well, we’ll be going to Paris together with the championship at stake, that is the honest response.”
George Ford and Elliot Daly pounced on Ireland mistakes to give England the control before Luke Cowan-Dickie added the clinching try after the rest, their dominance deserved.
Owen Farrell contributed nine points with his boot against the team managed by his father since level proceeded with their opponents on nine points.
France’s blistering start has not surprised conway to the competition under new head coach Fabien Galthie but insists it is crucial not to look beyond wooden spoon champions Italy ahead of the trip to Paris.
“I actually thought they were going to beat England on this opening day. I only had this feeling from speaking to a couple men and watching them,” that the 28-year said of France.
“Seeing the young men who are coming through, (Antoine) Dupoint’s a world-class participant, he is the heartbeat of the side right now, (Romain) Ntamack has got all the ability in the world, and also the likes of (Virimi) Vakatawa, if they make it rightthey get it all right.
“I am not surprised by how they’re going, they are a terrific group to watch.
“(Yet ) we can let other men and women discuss the France game, we know we’ve got a Test match against a roaring Italian aspect coming into Dublin who will play the fact that the media and the likes are going to be talking about the French match.
“But that is to allow them to talk about, we all know we have got a challenging task.”