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Ireland thump Scotland to set up second Championship title in succession

Ireland thump Scotland to set up second Championship title in succession
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Ireland ran away with things at Murrayfield on Saturday, beating Scotland 40-10 to set them up to retain the Six Nations trophy and celebrate with their travelling fans just a few hours later. It was their first back-to-back Championship title win since 1949.

Powerhouse Sean O’Brien was in commanding form yet again, scoring two tries to add to those scored by Paul O’Connell and Jared Payne, who picked up his first for his newly adopted country. With the result, England couldn’t pull them in, despite a valiant effort against France.

O’Brien has since said that the squad have learned some valuable lessons in this campaign, with the loss to Wales last weekend something that ultimately will benefit them in the long run.

“Looking back now it might not have been the worst thing in the world,” said O’Brien.

“We know we can learn and move forward. That was the biggest thing to come out of last week; that we didn’t do our jobs correctly and we didn’t do what we did during the week. If we approach the game like we did, for instance, make sure everyone is going 100 miles an hour, we know we are never too far away.”

Brian O’Driscoll reiterated O’Brien’s thoughts, stating that a Grand Slam victory might have done more harm than good. “If we had won the Grand Slam, going into the World Cup, there would have been an absolutely insane amount of pressure on the boys.

“That being said, we’ve won the Six Nations and there’s still going to be that pressure and that level of expectation. We’re playing with a huge amount of confidence, we’ve got a very distinct understanding of what our strategy is and what our game plan is.

“Everyone’s singing off the same hymn sheet. If we can be fortunate with not losing too many players to injury I don’t see why we can’t find ourselves in a semi-final – all bets are off when you get to that point,” said the Ireland legend.

The victory at Murrayfield equal’s Ireland’s biggest ever winning margin over Scotland, which was 36-6 in 2003. Most importantly, it gave them enough of a buffer to not only overtake Wales, who were excellent against Italy, but also England, whose 55-35 win over France was in vain.

In the end, the points difference was as follows: Ireland +63, England +57 and Wales +53.



7 Comments

  •  flanker2712
    flanker2712
    7:06 PM 24/03/2015

    What's your point Dave? By most boring, do you mean least exhilerating? If so, I'd agree with you, but I think this game was far from boring. As for biggest waste of time, that suggests you think the other two games were also a waste of time. In which case you should probably choose something more interesting to do than watching rugby!

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  •  drg
    drg
    4:23 AM 24/03/2015

    Definitely a disappointing game for Scotland... I said it somewhere else, but I feel that they've almost sat down in a classroom since cotter came on, and made two lists, one was everything they're good at, the other everything they're bad at... They then said "well we're good at this, we don't need to train it", then they started training JUST the stuff they were crap at... Whilst completely forgetting all that they were good at... Huge step forward but also a huge step backwards!

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  •  drg
    drg
    4:17 AM 24/03/2015

    Really? I thought that France game last week was 10 times as excruciatingly painful as this could ever have been.. Maybe I watched the game differently by considering the points difference, so almost Ireland vs Scotland and Wales and England, rather than solely ire v sco...

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  •  danknapp
    danknapp
    9:53 AM 23/03/2015

    Ha! Thanks for sharing that.

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  •  danknapp
    danknapp
    9:52 AM 23/03/2015

    Well played Ireland, deserved winners in the end. Fantastic to see that they haven't dropped off since losing O'Driscoll. Great winners of a great 6 Nations.

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  •  colombes
    colombes
    10:37 PM 22/03/2015

    "I think Paul O'Connell can offer us couple of beers." Thierry Dusautoir, to french tv

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  •  jimmy23
    jimmy23
    9:05 PM 22/03/2015

    Jeez Scotland I know you don't like us English but you could have at least tried to make it hard for Ireland :P But seriously, Ireland were the most consistent team throughout the tournament and deserved the title (said through gritted teeth).

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