Schmidt issues Ireland warning

04 February 2018 04:33:09 EST

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has urged his side to make the most of their opportunities, having secured a last-gasp 15-13 win over France in Paris.

Johnny Sexton landed a superb long-distance drop goal with the last kick of the game to give the Irish victory in their opening Six Nations game of the new season.

It's great to be in the position we are now after getting an away win.

Joe Schmidt

However, Schmidt felt that his side should have put the game to be earlier on and warned that they might not be so fortunate if they are faced with a similar position in the future.

He told reporters: "We can't leave matches in the balance. You've got to make the most of advantages and get the points you need.

"One freakish event, and one freakishly good player in (Teddy) Thomas and his try can undo all that hard work.

"That's something we're disappointed with and we've got to do something to make sure that doesn't happen next week, and for the following weeks of the championship."

Ireland are now 6/5 to win the Six Nations outright, with Wales 14/1 and England 4/5.

Meanwhile, fly-half Sexton was delighted to have been able to have dug out a crucial win for his side, adding: "I'm just happy I got another chance, as we have worked so hard over the last few weeks and all our goals would have crumbled if we had lost.

"It's great to be in the position we are now after getting an away win.

"The management drill into us every day that it's never over and we have got some good characters in the team. We just wanted to get off to a good start."

View all Rugby Union betting