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Porterfield: Ireland must move on
05 Mar 2015 16:04
Ireland must put their chastening South Africa experience behind them swiftly to stay on their game when it really matters as a hectic late run of World Cup Pool B fixtures looms.
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William Porterfield knows his team simply cannot afford any hint of a hangover from their 201-run trouncing at the hands of Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and company when they face Zimbabwe in Hobart on Saturday (live blog on RTÉ.ie/sport from 3am).
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A quarter-final place is still realistic - but with two more matches still to come in six days, against table-topping India and finally Pakistan, a slip-up against Zimbabwe will surely be costly.
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Ireland, on the back of an opening win over West Indies and then another against UAE, had no answer to the South Africans on Tuesday as they racked up a score in excess of 400 for the second successive match.
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Porterfield has been at pains to ensure his team do not therefore carry any extra psychological baggage with them from Canberra to Tasmania.
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"You've got to put it behind yourself pretty quickly," said the Irish captain.
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"The tournament's back-end fixtures come pretty quickly for us.
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"It's a pretty big two points for us... [but] I don't think it's make or break.
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"Every game, we've gone into it looking for those two points... and against Zimbabwe it's not going to be any different."
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