Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray injuries are minor, says Joe Schmidt

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is confident Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray only picked up minor knocks in Saturday’s win against Wales.

Sexton entered the clash at the Aviva Stadium with a stiff back and suffered a bruised backside during the 37-27 victory.

Scrum-half Murray picked up a minor foot problem, but head coach Schmidt is optimistic that his British and Irish Lions half-backs will be fit for their next Six Nations game against Scotland on March 10.

“Johnny just got a bit of dead glute, so he kind of copped a knee in the backside really,” Schmidt said of the 32-year-old fly-half.

“Again at that stage of the game he could have stayed on and played on. But we’ve got a lot of confidence in Joey Carbery.

“We want to keep growing the group, and it was good for Joey. We felt he was well enough placed to control that last five minutes.

“Conor just got his foot trapped and twisted awkwardly, but he’s walking without any problems at all.

“I can imagine it will be a little bit sore. He and Johnny might well miss training on Tuesday but they will have well and truly earned it.”

With a fallow week coming up both players will have time to recover after an intense third round.

After the Scotland match, Ireland head to Twickenham to face England in their final Championship match and, if they are victorious in Dublin, will ensure that a Grand Slam title is on the line.