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Six Nations 2018: England desperate to make up for Scotland defeat

11 March 2018

"We came away with a good win against Wales and there are some huge positives to come out of that", said Griggs following the 35-12 victory that at least halts the downward spiral following last year's disastrous World Cup.

Select your combined Ireland-Scotland XV ahead of their Six Nations meeting in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

He says dreams of the Grand Slam had been shunted aside although the Irish could assure themselves of the Six Nations title - their third under Schmidt - with a week to spare if they secure a bonus-point win and England fail to match that against France in Paris.

Different standards. Ireland are set to remain mid-table as their Six Nations campaign achieves mediocre status with an expected win in the last Sunday lunchtime fixture of a transitionary season.

But the bigger prize would be beating England next Saturday for Ireland to earn only a third Grand Slam, beside those in 1948 and 2009.

"Everyone knows the size of the challenge".

There was a time in Irish rugby when a win against Scotland was nearly the Holy Grail. Scotland had its chances but wasn't as accurate, and butchered two tries, probably three.

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Ireland piled on the pressure through their relentless phase play and Sexton missed a penalty when they went for the posts, but the next time the Lions stand-off kicked ot the corner and replacement hooker Sean Cronin dived over from the lineout drive for the bonus point try. However, the throw-in wasn't caught.

Scotland took the lead thanks to Greig Laidlaw's penalty, but then that off-kilter finishing bit hard.

"We don't focus on home or away records, we focus on the threats", he added. Jones drew last-man Sexton but passed too far in front of Hogg. A nice flick-on by center Garry Ringrose, playing only his second match this year, freed fullback Rob Kearney. Sexton's conversion pushed Ireland into a 21-3 advantage.

Ireland's sole problem could perhaps prove to be a fitness doubt for Cian Healy, who appeared to take a heavy blow to the head late in the first-half and was replaced just after 50 minutes.

The Scots had a foothold but another glaring chance was missed when Horne cut through on halfway but didn't spot Jones racing into a gap on his shoulder, throwing a wild pass that Kinghorn couldn't hold.

Six Nations 2018: England desperate to make up for Scotland defeat