Former Ireland prop Fiona Hayes feels Stacey Flood has been making steady progress in the 10 jersey and is excited to see how Adam Griggs' side build around her kicking game.

The 25-year-old was part of the Irish side that bounced back from a World Cup qualifying loss to Spain with a triumph over Italy in Parma on Sunday, kicking five points in the 15-7 result.

Scotland are up next on Saturday and Hayes told RTÉ's Game On that Flood offers potential at out-half, having made her international 15s debut earlier this year as a replacement after coming through the Sevens system.

"The big thing for me watching her is her kicking game. It's absolutely massive," she said.

"Back in the day with Ireland, we had Niamh Briggs. She had that boot that just got us out of trouble and I think Stacey can offer that as well and especially with the new laws, she's someone that can really exploit that.

"It's kind of exciting watching it if we can get playing off her. At times, I find she might go wide too quickly and as she gets into that game and the more she starts to play, she understands that kind of 15s game because she has been playing Sevens where they go wide immediately.

"But I think with each game she's growing and growing."

Hayes credited the Irish team for how they bounced back from the defeat to Spain, although she still feels further work is needed to iron out issues at line-out time.

"They'd improved in a lot of areas around the pitch but I'm a lover of the set-piece and I thought at times they definitely fixed that scrum a little bit," she said.

"They won a couple of scrum penalties but they literally have a lot more work to do in the line-out.

"There were a couple of over-throws, a few missed lifts. Definitely we could see there were a few little things to be worked on before they have Scotland now on Saturday."

But Hayes added that it was "very easily fixable".