Johnny Sexton says he has by no means been extra assured that Eire are transferring in the proper route.
Eire dominated Italy in a 48-10 Six Nations win after struggling consecutive defeats by Wales and France.
“We have are available for some flack over the past couple of weeks,” mentioned captain Sexton, who kicked 18 factors in Rome.
“However internally as a gaggle I do not assume we have ever been extra assured about the place we’re going or what we are able to produce.”
Sexton added: “I imply that correctly, with the coaches we’re with, the management group popping out of their shells, I feel this group is on the proper trajectory.”
Eire scored six tries in a snug victory having scored only one in every of their previous two matches.
“The boys have labored extremely arduous over the past 4 or 5 weeks,” mentioned Sexton.
“We have been extremely annoyed that we did not get the outcomes that we felt we deserved.”
‘We confirmed glimpses of what we have now been engaged on’
Having did not sparkle in assault in opposition to Wales or France, the stress was on Eire to exhibit some attacking aptitude that head coach Andy Farrell mentioned he wished to supply.
In opposition to a poor Italian defence, Eire had been rampant and regardless of the opposition they delivered simply their most achieved efficiency.
“If you consider the Wales sport, we performed with 14 males so we would wish to assume we would have performed like [how we played against Italy] in that sport,” mentioned Sexton, who missed the France defeat due to a head harm.
“We had been a bit annoyed after the French sport by way of issues we talked about in the course of the week we did not ship on.
“That was the irritating half and we in all probability look again with remorse by way of we did not play to our potential and we did not execute the gameplan as finest we might.
“Every sport is totally different and at this time was the buildup of each weeks coming collectively somewhat bit but it surely does not imply all the pieces’s fastened now.”
After subsequent week’s break, Eire will journey to Murrayfield to face Scotland earlier than concluding their marketing campaign at residence to England.
Though the title is probably going now out of attain, ending with three wins would give Eire and certainly Farrell a powerful platform to construct on.
“It is nonetheless all to do,” mirrored Sexton.
“If we get a few leads to our final couple of video games it may be an OK championship, it’s going to be one which ‘what might need been’, however we wish to end on a excessive, that is what we mentioned after the French sport.
“We received it at this time and we simply wish to get pleasure from at this time, we’ll be taught some issues from our efficiency – what stored them within the sport by way of our self-discipline and we positively cannot try this over at Murrayfield.
“Our intent, our focus and the way medical we had been at time was very pleasing.
“The stuff that we have been taught and have been studying in coaching lastly got here out in glimpses at this time so I am blissful for everybody.”