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Six Nations: Jamie Heaslip and Joe Schmidt demand improvements
It will be a huge challenge to go up against a team that's won this championship two years in a row.
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Stand-in skipper Jamie Heaslip admitted that Ireland must make "huge improvements" to have any chance of beating Wales in Dublin on Saturday.
Leinster loose-forward Heaslip, Andrew Trimble and Rob Kearney claimed the tries as Ireland saw off Scotland 28-6 at the Aviva Stadium.
Despite Ireland's three-try win, Heaslip conceded head coach Joe Schmidt had ripped into his men after the final whistle.
"Huge improvements will be needed for next week," said Heaslip. "Joe had a couple of choice words for us in the changing rooms afterwards, and I'm sure there will be more on Monday night.
"Our poor analysts will be working on that and won't see the Super Bowl!
"It will be a huge challenge to go up against a team that's won this championship two years in a row.
Heaslip admitted it was a "big shock" to discover captain Paul O'Connell had contracted a chest infection during the course of Saturday night.
"It was a big shock to us about Paul, we watched line-outs at seven o'clock on Saturday night with him.
"Paul had given us really good direction during the week, so we had the knowledge and then we had to bring the physicality and intensity, and we managed to do that.
"It's a big shame to lose a character like Paul, a great leader and an inspiration.
"But credit to Dan [Tuohy] who had a great game, and will give Joe a good headache."
Ireland boss Schmidt expects O'Connell to recover in time to face Wales next weekend.
"The day probably didn't start too well: I had a phone call at eight o'clock to say that Paul O'Connell had a chest infection and hadn't had much sleep.
"I had no idea before that: he was fine on Saturday night, I was talking to him then and he was pretty chipper.
"The doctor had been to see him at 4.30 on Sunday morning. There's no way he could have played a Test match after not sleeping.
"I'd be really surprised if he's not [back for the Wales match].
"He should be back by Tuesday, for training, and hopefully he can train fully on Thursday. I would be really confident of that."
Scotland head coach Scott Johnson reckoned that naivety cost his side any chance of victory.
"We may have to go to some dark places and bring some torches; we may have to do that," said Johnson.
"There's a naivety that will get there by having some time in the saddle. This is where it's my job to see a silver lining.
"There's inexperience in that backline, they are still growing as lads. They don't understand they are doing the hard bits quite easily, but it's the finishing off.
"They were up against some wily customers who have been about around the block a bit."
Wing Sean Maitland suffered concussion, and will be assessed again on Monday, Johnson confirmed.
"He came off with concussion, and he's found he's got about three other ailments, so we'll tick them off as we go along," said Johnson.
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|RBS Six Nations|
|Friday 6th February|
|RBS Six Nations|
|20:05||Wales vs England|
|Saturday 7th February|
|14:30||Italy vs Ireland|
|17:00||France vs Scotland|
|Saturday 14th February|
|14:30||England vs Italy|
|17:00||Ireland vs France|
|Sunday 15th February|
|15:00||Scotland vs Wales|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:30||Scotland vs Italy|
|17:00||France vs Wales|
|Sunday 1st March|
|15:00||Ireland vs England|
|Saturday 14th March|
|14:30||Wales vs Ireland|
|17:00||England vs Scotland|
|Sunday 15th March|
|15:00||Italy vs France|
|Saturday 21st March|
|12:30||Italy vs Wales|
|14:30||Scotland vs Ireland|
|17:00||England vs France|
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