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Eddie O'Sullivan Highly Critical Of Ireland As An Attacking Force

Eddie O'Sullivan Highly Critical Of Ireland As An Attacking Force

Speaking ahead of RTÉ's coverage of England vs Scotland at Twickenham, Eddie O'Sullivan was highly critical of Ireland as an attacking force.

Last night's disappointing result in Cardiff saw plenty of effort from Ireland but, bar the odd spark, very little dynamism.

O'Sullivan said Joe Schmidt's side have become predictable in attack.

There are questions, obviously, about where we're going here. Our attack has really been the big talking point. At the front end of the Championship, it was our defence, now it's the attack.

We can't break teams down. We've become a bit predictable - I don't care what anyone says.

Last night we had 60 per cent possession and 60 per cent territory in the second half and we had three points to show for it. That's a problem and we have underperformed in that area against teams that will front up defensively.

O'Sullivan added that many teams now 'have our number'.

We haven't moved the dial in attack, consistently. We've had days out when we have. You go back to the Australia game. That was a good win but Australia felt they left it behind him. They butchered a few tries in that game and left it behind them.

I think we have been shut down by teams who have our number and know how to defend us. We catch teams now and again. We overpower teams every so often, like we did in the second half against Scotland.

In terms of picking teams apart and breaking teams down strategically, I don't see it and there is no evidence as far as I'm concerned. Maybe it was there at the start, it hasn't been there for the last two o three tournaments.

Here's the first clip of O'Sullivan.

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And the second.

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