Ireland pile pressure on England with bonus-point win

  • Ireland pile pressure on England with bonus-point win

Ireland pile pressure on England with bonus-point win

Munster centre Farrell certainly wielded the kind of gainline bludgeon that typified Gatland's most successful teams, echoing the impact of former Wales battering ram Jamie Roberts, when Ireland overwhelmed Wales in Dublin.

A simple pass would have resulted in a try but Jones made a mess of it and the chance went begging.

He says dreams of the Grand Slam had been shunted aside although the Irish could assure themselves of the Six Nations title - their third under Schmidt - with a week to spare if they secure a bonus-point win and England fail to match that against France in Paris.

"But look, we're going to go into this weekend with the same approach that we did against England".

John Barclay admits Brian O'Driscoll was spot on by claiming Scotland's can not be considered genuine NatWest 6 Nations title contenders until they find a cure for their travel sickness.

They play Scotland on Saturday afternoon in the first of this round's fixtures. That would have been our Six Nations model, whereas now we come in several days' before. They had 68% possession and 68% territory against France and gave away only six penalties.

- Scotland have won away to Ireland just once in the Six Nations (L9), a 23-20 victory at Croke Park in 2010; since that win Scotland have lost 17 of their 19 away games in the Championship, with their only victories coming against Italy (2014 and 2016).

England must match Ireland's result against Scotland in their clash with France in Paris to keep the championship alive until the final weekend, when Eddie Jones' men will host Schmidt's outfit at Twickenham.

Scotland's only change from that 25-13 win over England in which the visitors were denied even a losing bonus point sees young Edinburgh full-back Blair Kinghorn handed his maiden Test start on the right wing due to a back problem suffered by Tommy Seymour.

A bonus point is also awarded to any side who lose by fewer than seven points.

Sean Cronin's fourth could be decisive and means England need to score at least four tries in winning in the day's late kick-off.

Ireland have won five from five and will now travel to Twickenham with the Grand Slam and of course, Triple Crown, in their sights.

Check out the Six Nations table heading into this weekend's matches.