Ireland's off-the-cuff attacking approach has led to confusion and errors and doesn’t appear to be working, according to Donal Lenihan.
Having opened the Six Nations with successive defeats, Andy Farrell’s side conclude the 2021 tournament looking for a third victory on the spin when England visit on Saturday.
Despite wins over the hapless Italians and an improving Scotland, the victories still left Ireland fans with questions.
A second-half fade out against the Azzurri never put that result in doubt, but Scotland’s fightback from 24-10 in arrears to draw level meant an anxious finish before Johnny Sexton held his nerve to boot the visitors to victory at Murrayfield.
Once again, individual errors and at times the lack of a cutting edge, were on display, something the team has struggled with since the highs of 2018.
Farrell, and indeed many of his players, have spoken regularly of "heads-up" rugby in an attempt to move away from Joe Schmidt’s structured game-plan, but the work on the training ground has yet to bear fruit.
Speaking on RTÉ's Against The Head, Lenihan said it’s an approach that just hasn’t been good enough to test the better teams.
"This off-the-cuff stuff doesn’t seem to have worked. There seems to be a lot of uncertainty," he said.
"As a consequence of that, we saw James Lowe run into touch and balls being put into touch. You look at the unforced errors, I think we had five or six handling errors.
"Twice Garry Ringrose kicked the ball away when it was far easier to hang on to it and recycle and start playing again.
"There seems to be a lack of clarity in certain areas. Clarity was an area we spoke about ad nauseum throughout the Joe Schmidt era, but now there is a lack of clarity in a lot of attacking areas and as a consequence of that, we have been unable to impose ourselves on the opposition to the extent we would like."