Ireland win the 6 Nations after England lose to France

11 March, 2018, 01:28 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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A Grand Slam will still be on the cards for Ireland regardless when they head to Twickenham and meet England on St. Patrick's day, but they will hope to do so with the title in the bag.

England were penalised 16 times, often at the breakdown, where the French also won several turnovers.

It was a nervy affair for Ireland, having lost a 12 point half-time lead in the second half.

France travels to Wales for the final round.

New skipper Taulupe Faletau takes the armband from Alun Wyn Jones, who has been rested.

"We're excited, for sure, to get to Twickenham", said a typically cool Schmidt on RTÉ after the championship was confirmed. "Ireland are so good in the contact, holding us up, getting over the ball so we've got to be physically ready for them".

Machenaud made it 19-9 with his fourth penalty kick in the 63rd minute after England conceded for holding on.

But that wasn't the main talking point, unfortunately. With an very bad record away from home, the Scots' own championship bid was nearly inevitably squashed by an Irish side which owns the visitors in Dublin, where Scotland has won only once in 20 years.

Kiwi boss Schmidt talks frequently about keeping his players in a "bubble" in a Test match build-up, but Ulster hooker Best admitted that can not extend to players failing to think on their feet.

That has not happened this year as Les Bleus seem to be struggling with fitness levels late in their games.

Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw rued the lapses which gifted Ireland "two easy tries, and maybe another couple as well".


Despite playing nearly non-stop top-flight rugby veteran skipper Alun Wyn Jones has shrugged off any fatigue from his long season and had another outstanding game for his country.

"We're in the loser's chair and it's not a happy place, but I don't think we should get too melodramatic about it".

"We'll have to look how we can be more clinical", stand-in captain Farrell said. "If we play with that intensity and that accuracy we should be in a good position". It's very raw at the moment and this has to be part of our journey.

"We had a good win in Australia in the summer but of course you need to win away from home to be successful in this tournament".

Eddie Jones had reshuffled his backline after Jonathan Joseph was exposed defensively by Huw Jones, although the coach insisted it was an effort to match the bigger, more physical Ben Te'o up with Mathieu Bastareaud.

"Over the next 18 months before we play Ireland in the World Cup, we have to make sure we are improving, and we are a better team for the next Six Nations and a better team at the [2019] World Cup".

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England's defence of their Six Nations title has ended in failure following a 22-16 loss in France. All eyes are now on the Stade de France.

With forwards like Wenceslas Lauret and Yacouba Camara, who are experts in the back row, Les Bleus will bring a lot of dynamism to open play.

They fell apart against Wales in Cardiff and came undone against England at Twickenham previous year.

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