While disciplinary issues and the miscued kick from Billy Burns at the end drew the most attention, Bernard Jackman has highlighted a number of tactical concerns from Ireland's loss to Wales in the Six Nations opener.

Speaking on the RTÉ Rugby Podcast, the former Leinster front row feels the kick-off strategy was one that stood out.  

"There are a couple of things that concern me tactically against Wales," he said.

"First of all kick-offs. We seemed to target Alun Wyn Jones who, in my 14-15 years of watching international rugby, hasn't shown a real weakness in terms of his ability to catch kick-offs with a pod.

"You've conceded a score and you kick it to their talisman who deals with it and because of where the pod is, you've only moved the play up 15 metres and also they're outside the '22.

"It's very comfortable for them to box kick back from that possession there. I think they did that four times, which was strange, and also, if you kick it long and you can trap them in their '22 with someone like Keith Earls or James Lowe putting pressure on, then there's a chance that they'll kick it out and you'll have a lineout which was going well for us."

When it came to substitutions, Leinster scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park was not called upon until seven minutes from the end, while Johnny Sexton was temporarily moved back to fill in at 12 when Robbie Henshaw departed for a head injury assessment.

"Secondly, I don't see the reason to leave Gibson-Park on the bench until the 72nd minute, given the fact that we were now chasing the game and given the fact that you have a part in the last rally with his speed around the breakdown etc," said Jackman.

"So there's a question mark there. I can understand if we were still in the lead or it was a one-score game why you would leave Conor [Murray].

"The third thing I thought was strange was when Henshaw went to the HIA, I don't think that during week you look at your coaching strategy in terms of injuries, red cards, yellow cards, HIAs, when you have [Jordan] Larmour on the bench and Earls on the team, I don't see why you would put Johnny [Sexton] to 12.

"I just think you're taking your 10 out of position and he hasn't been playing a huge amount at 12. So effectively, you're losing your ability there and you're also risking him physically because it's a more difficult position and you're not going to get any x-factor that you might with Larmour or Earls at 13.

"So they were just three things I think the coaching staff when they review it will be going 'we could have done a little bit better there.'"

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