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Six Nations: O'Driscoll wants to keep Scots guessing

RBS Six Nations: Scotland v Ireland
Venue: Murrayfield Date: Sunday 27 February Kick-off: 1500 GMT
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Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll
O'Driscoll says Ireland have not been kicking the ball enough

Brian O'Driscoll says Ireland must vary their tactics to keep Scotland guessing in Sunday's Six Nations clash.

Ireland have attempted to introduce a more attacking game in recent matches but flashes of brilliance have been undermined by a high error count.

"Much as we want to play a running game, we must also play smart," said the Ireland captain.

"We've probably been guilty of not kicking the ball as much as we could have, but we're on the right road."

Ronan O'Gara's recall at fly-half for Jonathan Sexton suggests that the Irish will employ a more kicking game at Murrayfield but O'Driscoll believes the team needs to vary its tactics.

"If you only play one type of game the opposition do their analysis and you become easy to stop.

"You must have variety, mix it up and constantly keep defences guessing.

"It's a case of tweaking the balance of the game we're trying to play.

"Sometimes you can kick to attack and sometimes you can run out of defence, it's about picking the right options at the right times."

Both sides go into Sunday's game under pressure with the Scots having lost their two opening games against France and Wales and Ireland coming unstuck against the French at the Aviva Stadium two weeks ago.

Ireland backs coach Alan Gaffney has suggested that a a lack of on-field communication has become a problem, though O'Driscoll is cautious about overstating the issue.

"The communication levels have seemed as vocal to me as they have been in the past," said the Ireland skipper.

"You want the right kind of communication, but not everyone saying their piece.

"If that happens you end up with too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

"We don't have to do anything crazily different, we just need to cut out the small errors that are costing us dearly."

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