It's very much a case of what a difference a week makes. Ireland, perhaps lucky to get the win over Scotland a week ago, were much more assured in getting the better of Wales and so make it two wins from two in this year's Guinness Six Nations.

Josh van der Flier was among the tries as Ireland brought Wales' eight-game winning streak in the championship to an end. at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. 

"We did a lot of things we said we wanted to do and I thought we controlled the game," was Van der Flier's reaction when he spoke to RTÉ Sport's Damien O'Meara.

In contrasting this week and last, the flanker added: "In defence we slipped off a lot of tackles last week and were probably a bit soft in the contact area. It gave Scotland easy yards and we knew we couldn't do that today.

Van der Flier battles for possession with Wales' Dan Biggar

"Today, I thought our attack looked pretty fluid and our backs were exceptional.

"Overall, it was great to get the win over last year's Grand Slam champions, they are an incredible team and we saw last week how good they are." 

And so next up is England, with a Triple Crown at stake for Ireland when the sides meet in a fortnight's time.

Van der Flier is keen to stress the one-game-at-a-time mantra, but feels the squad are in a good place.

"The break, I think, will do us good, but we are building up a nice momentum. In the dressing room we focused afterwards on the good things we did today. 

"We know we have much to work on for the England game, but we will look at those learnings when we get back into camp."