Ireland captain Ciara Griffin admits that the shock defeat to Spain has helped to focus the team.

Facing a must-win Rugby World Cup qualifier against Scotland tomorrow [5pm live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player] Griffin told RTÉ Sport: "It made us reflect on ourselves individually and as a group, what we can do [better].

"We had a job to do last weekend [against Italy] and we did it. It was from pure laser focus as a group.

"We knew it had to be done and on the flip side it showed us what does work for us, if that makes sense.

"In terms of focus, that's carried on this week and building all those chats in our mini groups so it’s been good in that way.

"I suppose it wasn’t the start we wanted but we had to give an answer and thankfully we gave it last weekend and [we need] another one this weekend."

After two rounds all teams have a win and a loss to their name.

If Spain fail to beat Italy in the 2pm kick-off then Ireland know that victory over Scotland will be enough for top spot and automatic qualification for next year's tournament in New Zealand.

The second-placed team in the round-robin earns a repechage place.

"The management group discussed [permutations] early in the week and for us our sole focus is winning, you know," said the Kerry native who will win her 39th cap tomorrow.

"It is in the back of our minds but all week the focus is getting that win and putting in a performance that will get us that win, first and foremost. That’s been the player focus rather than permutations. It’s there in the background."

Head coach Adam Griggs earlier named an unchanged team for the Parma match.

"I think the team that we had last week came out and performed," he said.

"They did the job we asked and I suppose over the last couple of Six Nations and into this tournament, we've worked hard on having some consistency with the spine of our team. And you've got to reward the performance.

"We've come here with a goal of qualifying for the World Cup and that's what we're sticking to and making sure we're successful.

"It's going to take all 23 players this weekend to make sure we can get that. We're very much focusing on moment by moment to make sure we can be successful when the final whistle blows.

"We asked for a victory and a solid defensive effort and for the most part, those players gave us that."

The New Zealander also addressed the lineout mistakes that have plagued Ireland in their two games to date.

"We've worked really hard on that part of the set-piece," he said.

"Obviously, it has left us down and it's been at crucial times in crucial areas of the field.

"There's not a magic fix to it but we've certainly worked on the essential building blocks of a strong lift, a strong jump and making sure our throws are on point.

"We've put a lot of work into that this week so we'd be hoping for that to be a much-improved area this week."

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