Rory Best hopes the”kick in the teeth” of Ireland’s record defeat to England can jumpstart their World Cup push.
Ireland are currently settling into their surroundings ahead of the Pool A opener against Scotland in Yokohama on September 22.
Joe Schmidt’s men were thumped 57-15 by England at Twickenham last month but have shrugged off that listing loss by beating Wales twice to climb to the peak of the world rankings.
Test captain Greatest has surrendered Ireland let this year’s Six Nations pass by, as their Grand Slam defence stopped in a mediocre third-place finish.
Ireland appeared far sharper and more competitive in the 19-10 win over Wales in Dublin which shut their warm-up effort, with guys Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton straight back – however Greatest has demanded wide-ranging and speedy improvement.
“Sometimes you require a moment where you have to represent, and we likely let the Six Nations drift by, actually, I believe,” said Best.
“We had talked about having to do so and to do that but sometimes you want a suitable kick in the teeth to say’whatever we think will happen won’t just do this since we presume we are a good team, we all will need to only return to and actually re-establish our principles’.
“And it’s about really living themnot merely talking about these.
“We made some progress in the games against Wales, but we’re under no illusions we’ve still got a lot of work to do.
“We can begin focusing in on Scotland now and that’s really exciting for everybody.”
Ireland’s eight-try humbling in the hands of a rampant England ignited widespread concern about boss Joe Schmidt’s side’s odds enrolling their World Cup return in Japan.
The squad of best would be and that 2018 Six Nations Grand Slam and the country’s maiden two wins over New Zealand have delivered expectations soaring.
Best was calm enough to shrug off criticism of his captaincy and also has confessed Ireland were going to come then hiding under fire.
“Because we didn’t perform anywhere near well against England you can assert that we brought it on ourselves,” said Best.
“If you set a high bar then don’t reach it that draws a little bit of warmth and focus .
“As a team we had said’we’ll get it directly in the World Cup’.
“When you say and then you are patchy enough from Italy – great at times but patchy total – and then go and play like that against England, you’re going to draw attention.
“You’re never as great as people say you are, however, the good thing isthat you are not as bad . You are always going to sit in the center.
“We didn’t get too carried away after the England game, and we will not get too carried away today.”
Ireland have won six of their past meetings but Fraser Brown doesn’t think a win for Gregor Townsend’s men would count as a early World Cup jolt.
“It won’t be a surprise [when we win],” explained the Scotland hooker.
“The last few years, Scotland-Ireland games have been very physical, very extreme.
“The set-piece conflict will probably be huge, and which will the battle of their defences. Thus receiving our defence and slowing down them at the breakdown will be key, ireland will hold on the ball for long periods of time.
“But we’re a fantastic enough team to compete with them and win.”
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