James Ryan wants Ireland to calm down and "see pictures" when chances arise and insisted they're not far away from going toe to toe with the world's best sides.

Ryan captained Ireland in Johnny Sexton's absence last Saturday at Twickenham where England ran out deserved 18-7 winners in the Autumn Nations Cup.

It was the visitors' fourth loss in a row to Eddie Jones' men, with this clash proving to be another gruelling afternoon against a ferocious home defence.

The general vibes from the Irish camp in the aftermath of that defeat have been positive, with Ryan reiterating the belief that the current flaws can, and will, be ironed out.  

"In terms of the game, in many respects I thought we fronted up massively," he said.

"We defended really well at times, but we weren't clinical enough.

"At this level if you've got four big moments or four big opportunities, you've got to take three of them. We're just trying to find that clinical edge so it was a bit of a mixed bag for us.

"We probably could have coped a bit better at times. When we're a bit calmer... when we get into their 22, we're able to see pictures, play into the space as opposed to trying to run over or into them the whole time.

"For us it's about trying to find a calmness in those moments.

"We've got to learn form these games. The France game, the England game, we've got to really take the learnings so we're not repeatedly making the same mistakes. 

"We kept working very hard for each other so we'll take massive confidence from that. The next layer of that is just about being a bit smarter."

With Sexton still sidelined, Ryan will captain his country again on Sunday for the Aviva Stadium meeting with Georgia.

He said he had not been burdened by the responsibility  - "once the game started itself I kind of forgot I was captain to be honest" - but was left frustrated by errors at critical moments. 

Reflecting on the much-discussed Irish lineout, Ryan added: "It's just fine margins. We get an opportunity, we're 5-0 down and five, ten metres out. What looks like an overthrow to everyone else isn't an overthrow to us.

"That movement is about two feet forward further than it should be. It's the correct throw, but because we're further up the line than we should be, it's an overthrow. It's those fine margins we need to fix.

"Setpiece is so important at this level.

"I don't think we're very far from being able to go toe to toe with the world's top couple of teams. We'll take confidence from that. Yes, we've got to learn and really digest, and make sure we're not repeating the same mistakes, but at the same time if we're a bit more accurate and not giving them that access into the game, these games would be very close.

"We'll see how get on in the next coupe of weeks and then we've got a Six Nations to come around after that. We'll get a understanding then of where we are but as I said I don't think we're far away."

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