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Six Nations: Ireland dispatch Scotland to set up Grand Slam

11 March, 2018, 01:12 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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Ireland piled maximum pressure on England ahead of the defending Six Nations champions' clash with France by collecting a bonus point in their 28-8 victory over Scotland.

France's centre Gael Fickou (L) runs with the ball during the Six Nations global rugby union match between France and England at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on March 10, 2018.

Should they complete the bonus point win, they would also need to prevent Ireland from scoring either a losing bonus point for finishing within seven points of England, or from collecting a try-scoring bonus point for themselves picking up four tries. Elliot Daly collected the ball out wide and found May inside for the try, which was converted by Owen Farrell.

Machenaud levelled Jonny May when the Leicester wing was running at full tilt as England struggled to make an headway, their early goal seeping away as France drew level with two more penalties from their scrum-half general.

Ireland will be wary of their visit to Twickenham, especially as it was they who denied England the grand slam last season in identical circumstances.

"You look back to the Wales game at the start of this championship and we actually started very well in the first 10 minutes".

However after loses to Scotland and now France, the possibility of three in a row is now a real possibility.


"We are a rugby team and no rugby team has an aura of invincibility about them". The line-out was a bit wobbly and the scrum as well.

"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've been criticised a lot but we believe in the team". They gave away 16 penalties, missed 16 tackles, and were turned over nine times. It's always good to win against England, it doesn't happen too often.

"Obviously I'm very disappointed".

"The breakdown again caused us trouble".

Jones, who has now led England to 24 victories in 27 matches since taking over after the 2015 Rugby World Cup, added: "Any team that's developing goes through a period where the game doesn't like you".

"I think it is at a fairly advanced stage and we'll hopefully have an announcement about that fairly soon", said Best of negotiations.

The breakdown, exposed at Murrayfield, was a fault line once more but even more alarming were the 16 penalties that saw them whistled out of contention by referee Jaco Peyper. "It's not going to be easy".

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