Rory Best says England loss can fire Ireland’s Rugby World Cup bid

Rory Best expects the”kick in the teeth” of Ireland’s record defeat to England can jumpstart their World Cup drive.
Ireland are settling in their Japanese surroundings ahead of their Pool A opener against Scotland at Yokohama on September 22.
Joe Schmidt’s guys were thumped 57-15 by England at Twickenham last month but’ve shrugged off that loss by beating Wales two to climb to the top of the world rankings.
Test captain Greatest has surrendered Ireland allow this year’s Six Nations pass them by, as their Grand Slam defence stopped in a mediocre finish.
Ireland looked far sharper and more competitive in the 19-10 win over Wales in Dublin which shut their warm-up campaign, with Johnny Sexton and guys Conor Murray straight back at the groove – however Best has demanded wide-ranging and accelerated advancement.
“Sometimes you need a moment where you have to reflect, and we probably let the Six Nations drift by, subconsciously, I think,” said Best.
“We’d talked about having to do this and to do that but sometimes you want a proper kick in the teeth to say’whatever we believe will happen won’t only do so because we assume we’re a fantastic team, we all will need to only get back to and really re-establish our fundamentals’.
“And it’s about really living them, not merely talking about these.
“We made some advancement from the games against Wales, but we’re under no illusions we’ve still got a great deal of work to perform.
“We can begin focusing on Scotland now and that’s really exciting for everyone.”
The eight-try humbling in the hands of a rampant England of ireland sparked concern about boss Joe Schmidt’s side’s chances registering their World Cup reunite in Japan.
Greatest’s squad would be and that 2018 Six Nations Grand Slam and the country’s 2018 two wins over New Zealand have sent expectations.
Best was composed enough to shrug off criticism of his own captaincy and has approved Ireland were always going to come then concealing under fire.
“Because we didn’t perform anywhere close enough against England you might assert that we caused it to ourselves,” said Best.
“If you set a high bar then don’t reach it that draws a bit of heat and focus onto you.
“As a squad we had said’we’ll get it right in the World Cup’.
“When you say that and then you’re patchy enough against Italy – great sometimes but patchy overall – and – then go and play that against England, you are going to draw attention.
“You’re never as great as people say you are, however, the great thing is, you’re never as bad . You are always going to sit in the middle.
“So we didn’t get overly carried away following the England game, and we’ll not get too carried away today.”
Ireland have won six of their past meetings against Scotland however Fraser Brown does not believe a win for Gregor Townsend’s guys would count as an early World Cup shock.
“It will not be a surprise [if we win],” explained the Scotland hooker.
“The last couple of decades, Scotland-Ireland matches have been very physical, very intense.
“The set-piece conflict will probably be huge, and which will the struggle of their defences. Ireland will hold on the ball for long periods of time therefore receiving our defence in place and slowing down them in the breakdown will be key.
“But we’re a fantastic enough team to contend with them and win.”

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