Live

Highlights on Off The Ball

07:00 AM-01:00 PM

Highlights on Off The Ball

Attack coach Mike Catt says Ireland are going in the right direction, despite a poor recent try-scoring record.

They’ve only crossed the whitewash twice during this season’s Six Nations, and face Italy in Rome on Saturday afternoon. 

But Catt reckons Ireland will be purring once they become more clinical with the chances they're creating.

"I think where we currently are, we firmly believe the way we're going is the right way," he told Monday's media conference.

"We probably could've scored two or three extra tries against Wales with fourteen men with the opportunities that we created. Against France as well.

"So it's making sure at this level that the players understand that you have to nail what you create.

"We've obviously been pretty disappointed, in terms of the finishing, but ultimately the players have got to get this right for this weekend.

No new injuries were reported after several of the squad returned from Guinness PRO14 duty on Sunday evening.

And to the delight of the coaching staff, the group remains free of coronavirus.

Since their 15-13 win over Ireland at the Aviva a fortnight ago, France have reported fourteen COVID-19 cases split between the playing and coaching staff.

It's placed their meeting with Scotland under real threat.

But Catt says coronavirus is something that's yet to trouble the Ireland camp, "We all got tested three times last week. We've had a test this morning, so again we are COVID-free as we currently stand.

"We're very happy with the way things have been going, the players have been exceptional in sticking to their protocols.

"So that's all we currently can do, and at the moment we are doing pretty well on that."

WATCH: OTBAM’s Performance Rankings

Download the brand new OTB Sports App in the Play Store & App Store right now! We've got you covered!

Subscribe to Off The Ball's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.


Read more about

Andy Farrell Ireland Italy Mike Catt Six Nations

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up in queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

07:00 AM-01:00 PM

Share

Up next

LIVE: OTB Weekend

LIVE: OTB Weekend

01:00 PM-01:30 PM

Share

LIVE: The Saturday Panel

LIVE: The Saturday Panel

01:30 PM-02:30 PM

Share

LIVE: OTB Weekend

LIVE: OTB Weekend

02:30 PM-03:00 PM

Share

LIVE: OTB Football Saturday

LIVE: OTB Football Saturday

03:00 PM-05:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

05:00 PM-12:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

12:00 AM-02:00 AM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

02:00 AM-05:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

05:00 AM-07:00 AM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

07:00 AM-01:00 PM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on