Josh Van Der Flier takes positives from Wales defeat

It was a very brave performance on Sunday against Wales and Josh Van Der Flier has taken a lot of positives from the game. 

Josh van der Flier says Ireland need to bounce back quickly from their loss away to Wales if they want to keep their Guinness Six Nations title hopes alive.

Following today’s 21-16 first round defeat to the Welsh in Cardiff, Andy Farrell’s charges will be back in action next Sunday against France at the Aviva Stadium.

Les Bleus kicked off their own campaign with a runaway 50-10 bonus point win over Italy and will be in buoyant mood for their latest trip to Dublin.

“It’ll be very, very tough. Haven’t obviously had too much of a look at them yet, but we need to win of course and we’ll be looking to put in a big performance against an incredible team. It’s going to be tough, but we’ll take the learnings from today.

“I think there was a lot of positives, especially how hard we worked and the heart we showed. If we add a bit of accuracy into that and hopefully we’ll be in a good place for competing with them.”

Reflecting on the Wales match, van der Flier acknowledged there was an overwhelming sense of disappointment in the Ireland camp, especially after responding so well to Peter O’Mahony’s 13th-minute red card.

We were obviously aiming to come over here and win the game. There’s immense pride there as well. It’s something Andy spoke about after the game.

“Obviously being down a man is challenging and we really fought hard. Made a few mistakes obviously and there’s things we’d obviously want to do better.

“I think tremendous pride to have represented the jersey in the circumstances as well, as a team. Pride in that, but obviously overwhelming disappointment.

“Not the ideal way obviously to start off the tournament, but we’ll have to fix a few things and aim for a win at home against France.”