Kearney not surprised by criticism

Date published: March 17 2015

Rob Kearney isn't surprised or concerned by the criticism Ireland have received since their defeat to Wales last weekend.

Ireland's chances of a possible Grand Slam faded away in Cardiff as they struggled to find a breakthrough against a strong Welsh defensive effort.

The possibilityof winning back-to-back titles however is still on, with Ireland in second place and trailing England by four points on points difference.

They will look to move into top spot with victory over Scotland at Murrayfield and have the advantage of playing earlier in the day than England, while Wales will look to overturn their own points difference deficit before Ireland when they head to Rome.

Focusing on the match itself, what has been important for Kearney and Ireland is putting the result of last Saturday behind them.

"There's no pessimism within the squad. When you lose games and you underperform, you're going to get criticism and some of it is probably warranted," said Kearney.

"I'm not surprised at the criticism and the pessimism but we're fully aware of moods within our own camp – the main thing for us is that there's no pessimism within the team room.

"Joe Schmidt was very quick to make sure that we turned the page quite quickly and looked forward to Scotland, a huge Test match on Saturday.

"We're still in with a chance of winning the Championship, so we'll look at a few things in the game and how we can improve.

"We'll look to do better at some of the things we're not satisfied with, but at the same time I think it's very important that we don't get too caught up and we continue to look forward and get the minds focused on Saturday."