Joe Schmidt: Ireland will need to improve for Australia clash

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt says his side must improve when they face Australia at Aviva Stadium next weekend

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Paul O'Connell has 85 Ireland caps Photo: e_mulvey, via Flickr

Joe Schmidt has reminded his side they will have to improve on Saturday’s performance when Australia come to town next weekend.

Ireland, who picked up just one win in the 2013 Six Nations and avoided the wooden spoon on points difference, comfortably saw off Samoa 40-9 in Dublin.

However, next weekend sees the visit of the Wallabies, who put defeat to England at Twickenham behind them with a crushing 50-20 win against Italy on Saturday.

Schmidt, who took over the role of Ireland head coach in April, is gearing up for his first Six Nations campaign in charge.

And he is aware opponents such as Australia will provide a more suitable test for his side ahead of the 2014 competition.

“We’ll get a reality check when we look at it again,” he said. “Too many line-breaks from the Samoans and we can’t afford to do that against Australia. If they get on top they are extremely dangerous.

“If we open up too many options for them, they will take them. We are very, very aware of the threat Australia pose.

“Our kicking out of the hand wasn’t as good as it could have been at times. If someone manages to find Israel Folau, or Adam Ashley-Cooper next week, then we will find ourselves in trouble.”

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