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Tommy O'Donnell's injury, second half takes gloss off Ireland's win for coach Joe Schmidt

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt applauded his team's set-piece work in their 35-21 win over Wales but was left frustrated by Tommy O'Donnell's hip injury and his side's second-half display.

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Tommy O'Donnell's injury, second half takes gloss off Ireland's win for coach Joe Schmidt

(Omni Sports)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt applauded his team's set-piece work in their 35-21 win over Wales but was left frustrated by Tommy O'Donnell's hip injury and his side's second-half display.

Schmidt's men led 25-7 at the break in Cardiff in their first Rugby World Cup warm-up match but Wales fought back in the second half, scoring the last two tries to lose by 14 points, with O'Donnell being stretchered off in the last 10 minutes.

The openside flanker had performed well up until that point.

"The frustrating thing for Tommy is that he made 14 or 15 tackles, he got three - maybe four or five - turnovers," Schmidt said afterwards.

"As he fatigued, he probably picked up a couple of those penalties that I talked about as well. So I thought he'd started the game really strongly and he's such a dynamic player for us, we're just going to cross our fingers and wait and see to be honest."

Schmidt revealed O'Donnell had injured his hip after being tackled by Wales winger Alex Cuthbert: "Tommy has gone to the hospital to get a scan. At the moment, we know he's hurt his hip, but we don't know what the injury is and we'll know about that more in the next 24-48 hours."

Schmidt's reaction to the match was mixed even though the reigning Six Nations champions claimed victory at the Millennium Stadium.

"I think our set-piece gave us a good opportunity to get into the game, our scrum and lineouts," he said.

"I think some of the defensive pressure we put on early was very effective, so those are obviously positive aspects. What's disappointing is probably our second half discipline and the way we loosened up defensively."

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