Rory Best insists Ireland will “prepare well” for their Six Nations finale in Wales but admits they must improve on their win over France.
Ireland captain Rory Best has warned his team-mates they will have to “be a lot better” against Wales in Cardiff next weekend after keeping their Six Nations (Ireland 14/1 Outright) hopes alive with a bonus-point 26-14 win against France in Dublin.
The reigning champions had failed to consistently recreate the form which saw them win the title 12 months ago throughout the tournament, but they looked strong in the first half at the Aviva Stadium.
Best opened the scoring with an early try, while Johnny Sexton, Jack Conan and Keith Earls all crossed for the hosts, only for Yoann Huget and Camille Chat’s late consolation tries for Les Bleus make the scoreline look closer given that they were trailing 19-0 at the interval.
Joe Schmidt’s side must now travel to face a Wales side looking for the win to seal a Grand Slam (Wales 8/11 Grand Slam Winner) success after their fourth successive win against Scotland on Saturday.
A win for Ireland (Wales 8/11, Ireland 6/5, Tie 16/1 – Match Betting) still might not be enough as England boast a far superior points difference and will be champions should they defeat the Scots at Twickenham in their final game.
However, Best is calling on his team-mates to produce an 80-minute performance to help him pick up a win in what will be his final Six Nations game.
He told ITV: “I think we had chances with a series of scrums on their line but we just let ourselves down a little bit. But the way we controlled the game we will be happy. We had chances in the first half and maybe we could have put some away but you cannot underestimate how physical that French side are.
“We weren’t expecting to get as many line-outs as we did and a few things came off and a few didn’t. We know going to Cardiff next week we will have to be a lot better and the exciting thing is how we get our teeth into that.
“To go to Murrayfield and play like that shows where Wales are at the minute and Cardiff is a tough place to go, so we’ll dust ourselves down and prepare well.”
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