Joe Schmidt on the sin bin: 'You've got to be whiter than white'

Joe Schmidt on the sin bin: 'You've got to be whiter than white'

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt was philosophical about the yellow card that saw Peter O’Mahony sent to the sin bin in the closing stages of Ireland’s win against Italy.

“The sin bin?,” he said in his post-match interview. “Look, it’s what they’re looking for and if you look hard enough you’ll find something.

“It just means you’ve got to be whiter than white.”

Schmidt had plenty to say when asked where Ireland’s problem areas were during the narrow, nervy win that nonetheless saw them through to the quarter-finals.

“We probably let them have too much ball back,” he began. “We didn’t have a lot of position early in the game.

“We got a nice try; again it was from a line out turnover. It was their throw, but Peter O’Mahony did a great job getting out and deflecting it and we managed to score off that.”

He continued: “Apart from that we tended to give them back a lot of the ball. I think the first clean line out we got Johnny made a half break and got into the 22 and we got three points from that.

“I said earlier in the week they are difficult to break down, particularly when they're really up for it and coming off the line hard.”

But he wasn’t all negative, highlighting other areas where he felt the side had done better. Unsurprisingly, O’Mahony got a mention again.

“At the same time I felt we made it difficult for them to play at times and I think Paul (O’Connell) led the defensive line really well.

At times there when we were loose with the ball and did give them opportunity, I thought we scrambled pretty well.

“Obviously Peter O’Mahony putting Josh Furno out there in the corner is a pretty good example of that.”

The Irish Examiner's Rugby Correspondent Simon Lewis gives his views on Ireland after their RWC clash with Italy at the Olympic Stadium.

Video by Dan Linehan.

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