Rory Best hopes that the»kick in the teeth» of Ireland’s record defeat to England can jumpstart their World Cup push.
Ireland are settling into their Japanese environment before their Pool A opener against Scotland.
Joe Schmidt’s men were thumped 57-15 by England at Twickenham last month but have shrugged off that listing loss by beating Wales twice to climb into the peak of the world rankings.
Test captain Best has conceded Ireland let this year’s Six Nations pass them by, because their Grand Slam defence stopped at a finish that was fair.
Ireland appeared far sharper and more aggressive at the win over Wales in Dublin which closed their warm-up effort, into the groove straight back with Johnny Sexton and men Conor Murray – but Greatest has demanded wide-ranging and accelerated improvement.
«Sometimes you will need a moment where you have to reflect, and we probably allow the Six Nations ramble by, actually, I believe,» said Best.
«We had talked about having to do this and to do this but sometimes you will need a correct kick in the teeth say’whatever we believe will occur won’t only do this since we assume we’re a fantastic team, we will need to just get back to and really re-establish our fundamentals’.
«And it’s about really living themnot just speaking about these.
«We made some improvement in the matches against Wales, but we’re under no illusions we have still got a lot of work to do.
«We can start focusing on Scotland today and that’s really exciting for everybody.»
The eight-try humbling in the hands of a rampant England of ireland triggered widespread concern about the chances of boss Joe Schmidt’s side enrolling their best-ever World Cup return.
Greatest’s squad are and the country’s maiden two wins over New Zealand and that 2018 Six Nations Grand Slam have delivered expectations.
Best was composed enough to shrug off criticism of his own captaincy after a poor showing at Twickenham and has confessed Ireland were going to come under fire after that concealing.
«Since we did not perform anywhere near well against England you might assert that we brought it on ourselves,» said Best.
«If you set a high bar and then don’t reach it draws a little bit of heat and focus .
«As a team we’d said’we’ll get it right at the World Cup’.
«When you say that and then you are patchy enough against Italy – great sometimes but patchy entire – then go and play like that against England, you’re likely to draw attention.
«You are never as good as people say you are, however, the fantastic thing isthat you are never as bad . You are always going to sit in the center.
«We didn’t get overly carried away after the England game, and we will not get too carried away today.»
Fraser Brown does not think a triumph for the guys of Gregor Townsend would count as an early World Cup jolt although ireland have won six of their last meetings against Scotland.
«It will not be a surprise [when we win],» said the Scotland hooker.
«The past few decades, Scotland-Ireland matches have been very physical, very intense.
«The set-piece conflict will be huge, which will the battle of their defences. Ireland will hold the ball for extended amounts of time so slowing them down in the breakdown and receiving our defence will be crucial.
«But we’re a excellent enough team to compete with them and win.»

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