Heaslip: Improvement needed against Wales
February 2, 2014
Heaslip was named man of the match for his efforts in Dublin © Getty Images
Jamie Heaslip insists Ireland will not rest on their laurels after easily dispatching Scotland 28-6 and that 'huge improvements' are needed to see off reigning champions Wales in Dublin next week.
After a nervy start Ireland took control of the game, with Andrew Trimble, Heaslip and Rob Kearney all crossing in what turned out to be a relatively straight forward opening day win. Ireland bounced back from the blow of losing captain Paul O'Connell in the build up to the game with a chest infection to kick off their 2014 Six Nations campaign in perfect style.
But Heaslip admits boss Joe Schmidt was not happy with their performance, and that the team's analysts will be working overtime to ensure Ireland can repeat their 2013 victory over Wales.
"Huge improvements will be needed for next week," Heaslip said.
"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 stepped into the breach as captain in O'Connell's absence and praised the way the team reacted to the late news, reserving special applause for Dan Tuohy - who started in his place in the second row.
"It was a big shock to us about Paul, we watched line-outs at seven o'clock on Saturday night with him," Heaslip said.
"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."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
Exeter Chiefs flanker Tom Johnson is unlikely to play again before 2015 after his club confirmed he will need neck surgery
New Zealand have made two changes ahead of their Rugby Championship Test in South Africa at the weekend
Sebastian Vettel believes he could suffer more than one engine penalty in the remaining races of 2014 but thinks Red Bull needs to be clever when it decides to take them
The England coaches' new six-year deal is as much about the future as it is about the forthcoming World Cup but there will be a review of their performance following next year's tournament, according to Rugby Football Union CEO Ian Ritchie
Arsene Wenger admits he has been taken aback by Danny Welbeck's "electric" pace and the quality of his finishing following his £16 million move to Arsenal from Manchester United