Andy Farrell insists the review into Ireland's win over England won't pull any punches.

On the surface a 32-15 bonus-point win at Twickenham, while recording Ireland's biggest every win away to England, would seem like a job well done.

Ireland had been frustrated for large spells against the 14 and 13 men of Italy two weeks ago and again struggled to make their numerical advantage count in London, eventually scoring 17 unanswered points in the last 14 minutes to escape from England's clutches.

That the experience of Johnny Sexton, Peter O'Mahony, Iain Henderson, Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong didn't having the cooling effect in the heat of battle one might expect should be a key point in the review, which began last night.

"We always do [a cold analysis]," said the head coach.

"Getting the learnings from a defeat is one thing, but getting the learnings from a bonus-point win and being harsh on yourself, being honest, is what we always do.

"The review will be the same, the group want to know how to get better so we'll make sure to get them some answers.

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"[Johnny's] our captain and he's getting better as a captain, every day, every game. He’s making sure that we get across on the field out there everything we’ve been practising during the week.

"We were tested at times there.

"In games gone past under that type of pressure we’ve folded a little bit and the leadership group, I know the lads bought into the job at hand and stayed on task.

"I knew that it wasn’t beneath them to come away with a victory like that even though they were under the cosh.


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"It's massive [for our belief], because it's something we've talked about a lot.

"I've always said to you, the game takes its own course and that's why it's called Test match rugby.

"We've worked a hell of a lot.

"Let me take you back to a good few years ago in a warm-up game here, our set-piece capitulated and we lost by 50-odd points.

"That was never going to happen and we all know that, so you rewind a couple of weeks to the pressure of Paris.... sometimes you become a bit desperate when you're playing against 14 men and don't quite execute.

"We were able to get back on track, it's something we keep on talking about. We managed to get there."

Former head coach Eddie O'Sullivan claimed Ireland looked "rudderless", while former player Jamie Heaslip said the team played "crap".

That they took five points will be of comfort during what will be uncomfortable viewing for many.

When that's done and dusted, they'll host a Scotland team with a dreadful record in Dublin next Saturday.

Gregor Townsend's men beat Italy 33-22 on Saturday and could finish third with victory at the Aviva (4.45pm).

With a Triple Crown on the line and, should England upset France in Paris later that night, a possible championship, Farrell will say that they are where they wanted to be, the loss to Les Bleus not withstanding.

"It’s what we want," said the former dual code England international.

"The ideal part for everyone starting the competition, they all want to go for a Grand Slam, there’s no doubt about that.

"There’s only one team that’s allowed to do that but we’re onto the next task and the next task for us is making sure that we prepare unbelievably well for what is a massive occasion for us at Aviva Stadium playing for a trophy.

"Playing for the Triple Crown is huge for us and performing and putting pressure on France is what we’re about but at the same time we know that Scotland will want to finish the competition off really well.

"Everyone does at the end of a competition and we’ll expect them to be at their best.

"We know that they’re a hell of a side as well so we’ve got to make sure that we recover properly, be honest with ourselves, take the learnings and make sure we’re ready for a final next week."

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