Les Kiss tells Scotland not to underestimate fly-half Ronan O'Gara at Murrayfield
Last Updated: February 21, 2013 11:55am
Ronan O'Gara in action against England
Ireland defence coach Les Kiss has warned Scotland not to underestimate Ronan O'Gara in Sunday's RBS Six Nations clash at Murrayfield.
Ireland coach Declan Kidney will announce his team on Wednesday and is expected to include O'Gara at fly-half - in place of the injured Jonathan Sexton.
If selected, O'Gara will potentially be viewed as the weak-link in defence, but Kiss believes the Scots will be in for a surprise if they attack the number 10 channel.
"Most teams will target the half-backs," he said. "Since I've been in charge of defence my motto has been 'Let them have a go because it's fools gold a lot of the time'."
"It can actually set the opposition up to go down a path that we want them to go down. If Ronan is starting for us, then let them go there.
"We believe in what we have in the squad. Our defence is strong across the park, so we invite them to attack where they want."
Ireland know they have to beat Scotland to stay in contention for the title, and Kiss is well aware of the importance of the task that lies ahead this weekend.
"It's time to step forward and face the next challenge because you can't look too far behind in this competition," he said.
"Right now the Six Nations is in a precarious situation for a lot of teams. There's no done deal on what's going to happen.
"If we get it right this weekend, we'll be in a strong position heading into the France game."