Ireland earn vital bonus point in 28-8 defeat of Scots

Ireland earn vital bonus point in 28-8 defeat of Scots

Ireland earn vital bonus point in 28-8 defeat of Scots

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

Much in the same way as previous year, when England were confirmed Six Nations winners ahead of their final game in Dublin after Ireland's loss in Wales, Joe Schmidt's side will head to Twickenham seeking a Grand Slam in a role reversal with England.

But with 24-year-old Scotland centre Huw Jones scoring a brace of tries in the opening 40 minutes he has plundered ten tries in 14 Tests and is looking for his side to replicate their Murrayfield form away from home.

After some stout Scottish defending allowed Greg Laidlaw kick them into a three-point lead, Ireland came roaring back in an absorbing clash at the Aviva Stadium.

"Little things, from a dropped ball in the warm-up to the bus breaking down; anything left-field".

"The way we play the game is fast, so when a team gets ahead that is as good as Ireland, they can make it hard for you". Getting to the stadium that close to kick-off was something really new to us.

"Over the next 18 months before we play Ireland in the World Cup, we have to make sure we are improving, and we are a better team for the next Six Nations and a better team at the [2019] World Cup".

Just weeks ago it was completely socially acceptable to hold the opinion that England wouldn't be able to lose to the All Blacks, but Jones has showed that they could very easily lose such a match, even by a handsome score.

Scotland's try came from Blair Kinghorn in the second half.

A day that ended so joyously for the Irish had begun nervously as Scotland, buoyed by a victory over England last time out, matched their hosts for much of a high-tempo first half.

The 109-cap front-rower conceded blaming their late arrival for last year's Scotland defeat was merely an excuse, and admitted that had proved a steep learning curve.

"This will be week number eight but for some players it's only week two".

"You get into this environment and everything is put on perfectly; you get a police escort to the game so you don't expect traffic to be an issue", said Best.

"If you don't keep going forward in this championship, you end up going backwards". For us it was a big learning curve. We've looked back on away wins when we have managed it.

"Good sides like Scotland will capitalise".

"But you get nothing at the start of the game next week at Twickenham, you have to start all over again and win it and these players will try to do that".

Scotland have won just two games outside of Edinburgh and Rome since the tournament was expanded to six team the following year and opened the current campaign with a 34-7 hammering from Wales.

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