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Stockdale double sets up Irish for Grand Slam showdown

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Cassandra Gardner | 11 March, 2018, 01:10

If Ireland secure a better result against Scotland than England manage against France today, they'll win a third Six Nations in five years, with Best adding: "This is probably the biggest game we've faced, certainly with this group, but potentially also under Joe".

Ireland's 28-8 victory over Scotland earlier in the afternoon left the deposed champions needing to win with a bonus point at the Stade de France to remain in contention heading into the final weekend, but scoring one try alone took 73 minutes.

"We meet Ireland next year in the Six Nations and we play them in 18 months in the World Cup and we have to make sure we are a better team the next two times we play them".

"We obviously missed opportunities We all make errors", said Townsend.

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

England's Ben Te'o says England have learned a lot from their Six Nations defeat against Scotland.

Ulster flyer Stockdale went over twice, however, the second on the stroke of halftime as Ireland went in 14-3 ahead.

Which means that the Grand Slam is within grasp, as Ireland take on England at Twickenham Stadium in London on Saturday 17 March, kicking off 2.45pm.

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Firstly, England would need a bonus point win over Ireland.

Scotland showed glimpses of the form that saw them beat England in the previous round of matches, with Blair Kinghorn's try keeping them just about in the hunt, but a lack of accuracy at crucial moments proved costly.

However, it was an ambitious attempted pass from Peter Horne that led to the opening try, with Stockdale making the interception to give himself a clear run for the line.

Huw Jones, Stuart Hogg and the luckless Horne all failed to find a blue shirt with simple passes just as the whitewash came into view as Horne's initial mistake was compounded.

"Today the passes didn't quite go to hand".

Turned up, played well and put themselves in a position to win the game was the positive side of an otherwise bad day for Scotland.

Ireland made its bonus-point intentions known after only four minutes, when flyhalf maestro Jonathan Sexton waived off a penalty goalkick to set up a lineout.

Blair Kinghorn's try did narrow the lead to 21-8 in the 51st minute, but Ireland were simply more clinical, and there was a sense of elation when a lineout move in the corner resulted in Cronin, nearly on his knees, going over.

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