Ireland boss Eddie O'Sullivan says there has been no major inquest into his side's Grand Slam failure.
The Irish camp have dismissed talk of a RBS 6 Nations clean sweep throughout the championship but the bitter disappointment which greeted Saturday's 26-19 defeat by France spoke volumes for their ambition.
In the build-up to the match, skipper Brian O'Driscoll admitted it was crucial that one of the most talented Ireland squads in history realised their potential by winning some silverware.
Their dream of ending the 57-year wait for a second Grand Slam title has gone following France's clear superiority at Lansdowne Road, but the RBS 6 Nations title remains open.
Wales are the hurdle between Ireland and championship glory and O'Sullivan, who names his side for the Millennium Stadium clash on Tuesday, insists his team are in rude health.
"There is always a danger of beating yourself up when you lose a game. We could say we lost because we played poorly, but that clearly wasn't the case,'' he said.
"France are a very good side. They have a big pack who can stick it up their jumper and they have some great pace in the backs.
"We keep forgetting they've won two Grand Slams in three years - that doesn't happen by accident.
"There are bits and pieces I'd like us to improve on such as our possession at the line-out and the way we start a game. But there's not an awful lot that needs changing because the result was decided by one score.
"The challenge for us now is to lift the players for Wales and that will be a big test for the staff and management. It won't be easy but we're in good shape. We just have to keep our focus and intensity.''
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