Easterby - 'We have an opportunity'

Easterby - 'We have an opportunity'

Ireland are unlikely to make any changes for Saturday’s RBS Six Nations clash with Scotland according to forwards coach Simon Easterby.

“With only one game left - we have got a pretty good turnaround, a seven-day turnaround,” Easterby said at a media briefing on Tuesday.

“If it was six-day turnaround you might consider certain elements of that, but no again the players all trained, everyone was available for training. With it being a seven day turnaround? It was a pretty attritional and high ball in play, but that said we’ll make sure they are ready and they’re fresh come Saturday and well prepared.”

Having suffered lineout problems against Wales in Cardiff Easterby hopes Ireland can respond at Murrayfield.

“There are so many moving parts, but they are easily fixable," Easterby commented. "That is my job, my responsibility to make sure that doesn’t happen again because clearly we had a few issues in the first half.

“At half time we spoke and were able to resolve a few of those issues and our second half lineout was far stronger and we got into those opportunities where we were five, six, seven out and we did get some gain from our maul. It was disappointing, no doubt. But we have a turnaround of seven days to put something right for the last game of the championship.

“The boys could be hurting for a lot longer if they might have three or four months before they put on a green jersey again. At least we have an opportunity to put some of the wrongs right within seven days.”