BBC Sport - Six Nations 2015: Coach Schmidt praises brave Irish defence

Schmidt praises brave Irish defence

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt praises his side's 'brave defence' in their bruising 18-11 Six Nations victory over France in Dublin.

"I thought we controlled the first half pretty well and we had to play above ourselves to match their physical dominance," commented the New Zealander.

"I have great admiration for the players - they really muscled up, particularly in the last quarter, and kept the French off our line pretty well."

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