Ireland out half Johnny Sexton was delighted to kick off the Six Nations campaign with a victory over Scotland at the Aviva Stadium but warned there will be bigger tests to follow – starting with Wales.
Ireland outscored a poor Scottish side by three tries to none in a 28-6 win with the Racing Metro out-half scoring 13 points with the boot.
Sexton said: “It’s important to win your home games.
“I think we started like this last year but we fell apart the week after.
“Consistency has probably been a key word for us especially after November when we didn’t live up to it, we’ll enjoy the win and refocus.”
The game swung on a great line break from Seton despite Jamie Heaslip being bungled into touch before grounding the ball but that gave Ireland momentum.
“All these games as you saw on Saturday are close and they come down to one or two moments are the bounce of a ball.
“They had a lot of pressure on us early on but we held out well, in key moments you have to hold on at times and then when you have your chances you have got to take them and I suppose we did that.”
Sexton knows it will be a bigger test against the defending champions Wales in Dublin on Saturday especially as Ireland have a day less of a turn around than Warren Gatland’s side.
“We know it will be a lot tougher against the Welsh, Wales are going for three in a row and with the players they have we are going to have to go up a level and that is what we need to do.”
Sexton feels he is starting to find his form again after an indifferent start in the Top 14 with Racing which effected his form during the autumn.
“I think you just have to prepare the same for every game and sometimes it will go your way and sometimes it doesn’t and you just to stay focused and hope that it will come right for you.
“I had suffered a few injuries in November and now it’s just about staying fit and doing the right things off the pitch and trying to contribute to the team while I’m on the field.
“It’s a great set up with Ireland at the minute and I think we have a clean bill of health with injuries and hopefully Paul O’Connell will have recovered and by ready for Wales.”
Sexton feels that Ireland can take the feel good factor for the victory into the Wales game who were the only side they managed to beat in last season’s tournament.
“It will be a different match on Saturday, Wales will have learned a lot from their performance against Italy and they will come and try and put in a much better performance against us.
“We can’t let ourselves fall into a false sense of what we are about we have just got to lift it for Saturday.”