Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Six Nations: Ireland win 2018 title after England's defeat to France

Six Nations: Ireland win 2018 title after England's defeat to France

Unless England could claim a bonus-point win over France in Paris, Ireland would be crowned champions on Saturday night.

Neil Francis, a former Ireland global, has accused Joe Schmidt of playing "Warrenball" - the term coined to describe the tactics of Wales manager Warren Gatland in recent years.

Ireland will complete the third Grand Slam in their history if they beat England at Twickenham next Saturday. "It's going to take us some time (to adapt), it's not going to come quickly".

"Everyone knows the size of the challenge".

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.

But Wales could have nicked a victory in the closing moments as a Steff Evans try made it a three-point game with two minutes remaining.

Scrumhalf Conor Murray wriggled over early in the second half to widen Ireland's advantage, but it was replacement Sean Cronin's try in the 68th minute that could prove a title victor.

Many inside the Aviva Stadium would have been dreaming of the bonus-point win that was craved, but it was the visitors who struck next. However, the throw-in wasn't caught.

"If we find something unfamiliar tomorrow we've got to go back to our process, trust our gameplan". The wing took the gift 55 meters untouched to the posts with the usual Sexton conversion.

Further Ireland tries from Bundee Aki, Dan Leavy, Cian Healy and a last-minute Stockdale intercept score secured a critical bonus-point win.

The Scotland scrum-half's celebrations after the England game - memorably shown on social media - were in keeping with how long he'd waited for that win, but this week it was swiftly back to serious business plotting how to down the Irish on their home turf for the first time since 2010.

Ireland's tussle with Scotland looks to be the pick of the fourth round of matches and then Schmidt's men travel to Twickenham for their final game and a tilt at immortality. Devin Toner, Peter O'Mahony, and the front row were replaced.

"Talk of the title hasn't been banned, it's just out of control in terms of other games, in terms where we are in the table".

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Sexton converted, and Irish fans started singing. "I thought we had improved but not as much as we needed to", Jones told a news conference.

The game at the Stade de France was 9-9 at half-time as penalties from Owen Farrell (2) and Elliot Daly were cancelled out by Machenaud.

In between times, however, the dark blue shirts did manage to ensure safe passage on the hot potato across their backline before Kinghorn dove over in the right corner with 28 minutes left.

Eddie Jones' side knew they needed to score four tries to stay in with a shout but they never threatened to pull of the feat, not least as both sides were level at 9-9 at half-time with all the points coming from penalties.

"It's just a tough period for us". He has a lot of tricks up his sleeve and he's a very skilful player. "We have to learn from this". "We controlled the ball and that upset them because they're not used to it". "We've been criticised a lot but we believe in the team".

But head coach Warren Gatland has publicly conceded the championship and is experimenting in his side's home tie against Italy with ten changes for the home match on March 11.

Scotland has lost 16 of its last 18 away matches in the championship.

"Obviously I'm very disappointed".

"At the breakdown we had trouble". For us it was a big learning curve. "There's no lack of effort".

"I was pleased with the effort today, we were in a position to win the game", he said, adding that any team was "fallible and has weakness".

"The record speaks for itself.Ultimately the teams that do well in this competition have to do well away from home". "The breakdown has definitely become more contestable. It's not going to be easy".

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