An expatriate Australian rugby coach claims Ireland’s attack is “like watching paint dry”.
Matt Williams, who once coached Scotland and is a former Leinster and Ulster coach, criticised Joe Schmidt’s team as “one-dimensional” Irish team despite their 22-13 win over Scotland at Murrayfield.
“Formula One car, they’re a formula one car, but they were in third gear,” Ireland-based Williams on Virgin Media One after Saturday’s (Sunday NZT) Six Nations clash.
“They tried their heart out and you never question the courage of this team, that’s not what anyone is talking about, or their commitment, but their attack was like watching paint dry.
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“It was very boring and very one dimensional. If you’re Gregor Townsend [Scotland coach] you’re going ‘we blew that’.”
Schmidt admitted it “wasn’t the prettiest game”, but he was “partially” pleased with Ireland’s display.
“I think we just muscled our way through it to be honest. It wasn’t the prettiest game,” he told BBC Sport. “We got a peach of a set-piece try and we got a couple of broken field, running tries. I think we restricted them to an intercept try.
“We are very, very grateful to win”.
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“In that first half we were in our 22 for 34 per cent of the time and in our half for about 72 per cent of the time. That was a massive defensive effort.”
Man of the match flanker Peter O’Mahony felt Ireland had repaid their fans for their faith.
“We felt like we let them down a bit last week,” he told Virgin Media Sport.
“We knew it was going to be a difficult task coming here but we know the character we have in our group and that certainly didn’t dissolve overnight. “
“You go into the dressing room and you’ve got characters that are too strong to have that belief dissipate.
“We get huge confidence from each other, we know we’re good enough and it was an incredible performance to beat a side with the quality that Scotland have.”