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Having dusted themselves down following their heart-wrenching 24-22 defeat to New Zealand in the autumn to make an impressive start to their RBS 6 Nations Championship, Ireland must do so again.
Once more it was a two-point margin, this time the Triple Crown - and hopes of a Grand Slam - denied but now that the dust has settled, Ireland can take solace in the fact that two more wins and the title, in all likelihood, is theirs such is their superior points difference.
What's more, it's a title that few observers in Ireland expected - rather viewing Schmidt as the right man to ensure that England 2015 is the time they finally stop under-achieving in World Cups.
Schmidt clearly has at least one eye on the World Cup and he is setting about moulding a team for all occasions but picking up the RBS 6 Nations crown would be some bonus, and one he's not shying away from.
"I do think, as a group, we are still learning and the players are getting more comfortable," said Schimdt, whose side welcome Italy on Saturday week before a potential title showdown with France in Paris.
"I think what we have done is prove that we can play a few different ways and we can slow the game down and play with a lot of structure; we can open the game up and play with a bit of tempo. We can fit different people into different situations.
"I think there is still a lot to do. We made a few errors (against England), in that we weren't as accurate as we could have been and didn't look after the ball.
"There were a few defensive errors - some we survived, albeit luckily. So you ride that little bit of luck and then try to make the most of your own luck, which we couldn't quite get towards the end of the game.
"So the one thing I don't doubt is how hard we're working to try to make the right decisions and the right decisions will be those that put us in the best position to win the Championship.
"We haven't worked as hard as we have to put ourselves in this position, not to make the best decisions for the immediate future."