Ireland skipper Brian O'Driscoll has issued a rallying cry to his team-mates by reminding them the RBS 6 Nations title is still up for grabs.
Eddie O'Sullivan's pre-tournament favourites saw their Grand Slam aspirations shattered at Lansdowne Road on Saturday but they can still claim the nation's first championship crown for 20 years.
Their destiny is not entirely in their own hands as France will enter the equation should they put Italy to the sword next Saturday, but by the time Ireland meet Wales in Cardiff they will know what is required.
Much will depend on how they bounce back from Saturday's narrow defeat, however, and O'Driscoll has demanded that Wales feel the backlash of his side's heart breaking Grand Slam failure.
"This is a setback and it's going to be difficult to pick ourselves up for next Saturday. But at the same time we can't beat ourselves up over a performance like that," he said,
"France were the better side and deserved to win. It shows the strength of this side that we're hugely disappointed because the Grand Slam opportunity has got away from his.
"But we must get over that disappointment as quickly as possible and focus on the fact we can still win the Six Nations championship and back-to-back Triple Crowns.
"The Wales game is going to be keenly contested so we have to pick ourselves up for that. We must improve on our performance against France if we're going to beat Wales."
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