Ireland confident of halting Wales' unbeaten run, says Sexton

Gareth Anscombe

'Therefore, you'd always like to have a little more than you've got.' Even if Ireland beat Wales on Saturday, they are unlikely to claim their fourth Six Nations title under Schmidt as England have a far superior points difference and are expected to run over Scotland in Twickenham.

A convincing win that was not perhaps entirely captured by Ireland 12-point winning margin, the New Zealander was nevertheless thrilled with aspects of his side's performance.

"There was so much good in it".

"We saw how they carried on a year ago after they beat us. sometimes you have long memories and remember everything that was said", the Australian said.

"I think it's coming back, I don't think it's there just yet".

The Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland.

The disappointment of Ireland's World Cup quarter-final defeat by Argentina carried over into the 2016 Six Nations as Schmidt began the process of expanding his squad but the side showed some signs of what was to come with this gritty victory in Dublin to deny England a second consecutive Grand Slam.

"It's less about where Wales are positioned, we know that if we can get a win, we'll go past them on the ladder of the championship at the end of the day but at the same time it is just another game as boring as that sounds". 'The home ground get right behind the Welsh team there.

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Wales may be without Liam Williams for the Principality clash after the full-back left the pitch before half-time with a shoulder injury.

"We have to extend that high performance period right through the game". 'It's never where you want it to be.

"But this is an opportunity to say "the Irish bandwagon is back and ready to roll for the World Cup".

If Ireland win, then England can take the championship for the third time in four years by beating Scotland, regardless of bonus points and, nearly certainly, regardless of score.

"He has got to go down as Wales' best coach", said Anscombe, whose parents will travel from New Zealand to watch Saturday's Cardiff encounter.

"We've got fantastic strength in depth at the moment". Beirne has been injured through this championship and although returning impressively for Munster; he was ruled out of the French game after experiencing difficulties in training last week, but Schmidt confirmed the turnover specialist is in his thoughts.

We'll be joined by for analysis by former Ireland head coach Eddie O'Sullivan, who knows a thing or two about winning in Cardiff! "I don't think Wales have played well this year but what they are is big, physical and fit and it will be a tough one." .

"Now, I'd love it if we put two of those together but I know it's very hard to do". "Schmidt and his guys aren't going to just go route one the whole game, Ireland have pretty decent half backs who can control games".

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