England lose in France to hand Ireland Six Nations title

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt

Ireland captain Rory Best says his team will need to improve if they are to secure a grand slam in England next week.

Scotland are getting ready for the game of their lives at the Aviva Stadium in less than half and hour, with a huge Six Nations clash against Ireland.

Centre Peter Horne's pass was careless and Stockdale intercepted before scorching across the acres of empty turf to score under the posts with Johnny Sexton converting.

Winger Jacob Stockdale, in only his eighth game for Ireland, bagged a brace of tries to take his overall worldwide tally to 10, while further scores from Conor Murray and Sean Cronin handed a ruthless Ireland a thumping win.

"We're very proud of how the team played but there is a realisation that we have more work to do", Townsend said. The boot is on the other foot after a year ago and I'm sure they'll be licking their lips.

"We're just going to be reasonably calm about it and go again next week".

England must win with a bonus point if they want to take the championship to the final day in Twickenham and now, England are leading 6-9 with 10 minutes remaining in the first half.

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Sexton's conversion opened up a 7-3 lead after 24 minutes but Scotland should have been back in front soon after when Huw Jones fluffed his lines by misplacing a pass to Stuart Hogg with the full-back virtually guaranteed to touch down if the delivery was better. His pride in how Scotland performed came as much from the quality of the team he faced.

He said: "That was night and day compared to Cardiff". Another attack foundered when Hogg threw too high for Kinghorn, but Kinghorn scored on his debut start moments later when all seven Scottish backs lined up to the right from an attacking scrum, and executed a great two-wave move to put Kinghorn into the right corner. "It's weird again because we won it watching a game over which we didn't have any control over but we managed to control enough of the things that we were involved with to get the 19 points on the table that we needed".

"It's special because we won it at home", Schmidt said.

"Sometimes that's about what the defender does".

The excellent Ringrose's tap-pass sent Rob Kearney hurtling into the Scotland 22, Murray edged closer and Bundee Aki was held up over the line.

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.

Joe Schmidt admitted the 20-point winning margin was harsh on Scotland and skipper John Barclay agreed his side were hard done by.

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