Sobering. A huge dose of reality. Ireland’s Six Nations ambitions were hauled down to the earth by England at a bitingly-cold Aviva Stadium.
After admitting that his players were left physically and emotionally educated with their first Six Nations defeat in Dublin in just six 31, Joe Schmidt might need to lift his side.
England outthought the defending champions in their own turf and out-worked and it was.
“That really is a reality check,” said Schmidt. “That is the way that it will be (at the World Cup) and that’s why England are, literally, such a major team and that I thought they played really well tonight.
“It is hard to take away anything from England and the intensity they attracted to this match by the very first line-out.
“It was more a kind of simmering, physical strength they jointly delivered, which left it an extremely suffocating location to stand on this pitch tonight”
The white-shirted players , who swarmed around their competitors starkly laid bare the comparison and hammering all the time and space they need to perform their own assaulting plays.
Schmidt found himself being reminded of another match against New Zealand at the same arena once the All Blacks had obtained revenge for their defeat once they ripped through Ireland just two weeks after.
“It is a thing which happened two years ago to people contrary to the All Blacks when we got bullied here and also you’ve got to be ready to offer as good as you get and that I really don’t think we did this tonight,” admitted Schmidt.
“I understand the players are frustrated that people probably didn’t have the exact identical physical advantage which they did”
England set the tone for their first away win from the very start over Ireland since the 2013 six-nations because they place an unrelenting pace from the opening minutes.
A quick line-out throw by Jamie George caught the defence unawares and minutes after Jonny might slid over from the corner for the opening try.
“That line-out was probably symptomatic of this match,” Ireland captain Rory most useful added.
“They attracted that ferocity and we’re a minute behind of course if you are a minute behind at this degree you then keep on pursuing and also you’re never before this match, and that’s what we’re capable of.
“That went right through the match , we simply couldn’t ever get back infront of them on the scoreboard in the manner in which we were setting up”
Ireland’s Six Nations defence hangs in the balance, with the players place to come back to camp to begin with preparations to get a match against Scotland.
“We’ve talked a lot about the nature of this squad and this sort of personality has ever come off the trunk of putting wins together,” added Finest.
“I presume we’ll see alot about these next week and I have no doubt we’ll respond.
“We will need to just take this onto the chin, we’re bettered by England in most areas of this match and we’ll find a few harsh but constructive feedback from the trainers and we will build into weekly.
“We understand we’re going to get to be improved physically and right across the board.
“It is going to be a tough evaluation; Murrayfield is just a very difficult place to go and triumph and it’ll soon be a enormous test for us.
“I suppose it’s crucial that you devote this bit of time reflecting about which proved to be a disappointing and uncharacteristic operation out of us and also you’ve got to digest this and you’ve got to use it in the perfect manner.”