The Grand Slam is on as Ireland defeat Scotland in exciting showdown

The Grand Slam is on as Ireland defeat Scotland in exciting showdown

The Grand Slam is on as Ireland defeat Scotland in exciting showdown

"Every team is fallible and every team has a weakness and certain strengths and, at the moment, teams are outplaying us in certain areas of the game and we have to learn from it".

"We understand the task ahead, we are really excited by that challenge and excited to be taking on Ireland who are brilliantly coached side, not been beaten very often at home, especially in the Six Nations as well".

"It is a very unusual feeling to win the championship with a game to go", said Sexton.

"If we play with that intensity and that accuracy we should be in a good position".

"Everyone has to go away and get themselves right".

"Ireland like to keep a hold of the ball so we need to get the ball back as much as we can and keep a hold of it ourselves and we did that well in the corresponding fixture a year ago".

Joe Schmidt and his Ireland squad will be aware of the honey being poured in their ears and know that they will face a risky Scotland side on Saturday. But excluding matches away to perennial strugglers Italy, the Scots have won just two of their last 37 Championship matches on the road.

Which is why England need to win big to silence the doubters that have popped up over the fortnight.

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The Northern Irishman has not lost in eight matches against the Light Blues since he took over at Parkhead in 2016 and has won three out of three in Govan. "It's something I'm really looking forward to". "It will be a tough game for us at Ibrox, of course, but we'll get ready".

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Ireland were first to score in the second half as Conor Murray was driven over in the 45th minute. They are serious about their rugby but were able to relax as well so have a good balance.

"They certainly steer the ship in terms of the way they play". There are some pretty exhausted bodies there, I think Scotland made 190 tackles and we made 135 - that suggests that there was a fair bit of collision stuff out there, and it was very hard work post-tackle as well. Jonny likes to attack on any front foot ball, those little wraparound plays. Expect fireworks if they are still in with a sniff of the title and know exactly what they have to do.

However, they went in at the interval leading 15-3 thanks to yet more tries from Jacob Stockdale.

Scotland upended England last time out but that was at Murrayfield.

"It's great though, building forward into World Cups and before that, the Championship next year, that we've built a bit of depth". "Ideally you will never have to kick the ball away but that is totally unrealistic, so when you do you need to kick for a reason".

They very almost recovered - despite giving away 16 penalties - to win the game at the last, but they never threatened to score four tries, meaning Ireland could celebrate a week early, France claiming a 22-16 win on the day.

Two quick penalty concessions halted their march and allowed Scotland back into the game as John Barclay called for a scrum beneath the posts after Ringrose strayed offside and having gained a metre with the shove the backs wrapped right, with Russell, Hogg and Maitland combining to put Kinghorn into the corner. "You know every time you play France it's a test of your manhood", said Jones. He makes it look very easy at times but I can assure you it is not.

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