Johnny Sexton insists Ireland remain in Six Nations title contention, despite their quest for glory beginning with an agonising defeat. Irish aspirations were dealt a sizeable blow after the early dismissal of flanker Peter O’Mahony contributed heavily to Sunday’s frustrating 21-16 to unfancied Wales.
“Of course. It’s just all about next week now.” Sexton said when asked if there’s all to play for. “The bonus-point loss could be crucial towards the end. We could be top of the table next week if we get a big result at home. We know we’re playing against arguably the form team in Europe, the best team in Europe.”
“We are going to have to come together and fix the wrongs and I fully back this group to do it,” he added. “Any defeat at international level is gutting. It could have been a very famous victory for us.”
“Any time you play Wales in Cardiff, it’s an incredibly tough game and to have done it with 14 would have been incredibly special – but it wasn’t to be.” he concluded.