Ireland crowned 2018 Six Nations Champions

Randolph Lopez
March 11, 2018

Scotland could argue that they deserved better than a 20-point defeat but handling errors let them down at crucial times as three scores were left on the Dublin turf. "I would be here for hours if I listed them all", he said.

But Barclay believes the template his side used to clinch a 25-13 Calcutta Cup triumph over England is good enough to win home or overseas.

"What I would say about this week is that you're always worn out at this stage of the championship, there are always accumulated niggles that do make the last week a testing one anyway". The record speaks for itself.

"We need to make sure that when we have these experiences that are tough, it goes into our work to improve". Garry Ringrose has just joined us and did a super job today so you're always trying to blend in new players.

"Ultimately the teams that do well in this competition have to do well away from home".

"We'll have to look how we can be more clinical", stand-in captain Farrell said.

"It is disappointing for the group we didn't come away with a win, but we are on the right track".

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".

"We are three or four years behind Ireland in terms of what they've done and achieved over the last few years", Scotland coach Gregor Townsend said.

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Ireland's Sean Cronin, top, celebrates scoring a try against Scotland during the Six Nations rugby match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday March 10, 2018.

However, Scotland's defence coach Matt Taylor insists title talk has not been on the agenda as his team puts their focus on shutting down the twin threats of Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton.

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

"Everyone knows the size of the challenge".

"We've got to go into the game knowing our roles inside out, getting the physicality right", he told ITV. If we execute then those outcomes will happen.

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.

"They certainly steer the ship in terms of the way they play".

They very almost recovered - despite giving away 16 penalties - to win the game at the last, but they never threatened to score four tries, meaning Ireland could celebrate a week early, France claiming a 22-16 win on the day.

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