Social media reaction to Ireland's NatWest 6 Nations title win


Jones has only a week before Grand Slam-chasing Ireland visit Twickenham, bringing with them two of the best flankers in the competition, Dan Leavy and Peter O'Mahony.

The national team recorded a historic win over England last time out and are aiming to keep their championship hopes alive with a win against Ireland but know they'll face a tough test to get the result they need.

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

Ireland adopted a positive approach from kick-off and, after putting Scotland under early pressure, opted to kick a penalty for touch rather than settle for three points from the boot of Jonathan Sexton.

It is eight years since Scotland last beat Ireland in Dublin, and since the Six Nations era started in 2000 the Scots have won just six away matches - and four of those were against perennial strugglers Italy.

They play Scotland on Saturday afternoon in the first of this round's fixtures.

That decision bore no fruit and Scotland punished their hosts with their first real foray into the Irish half after 12 minutes, when Greig Laidlaw knocked over from the tee for the first points of the match.

"I think when you look at that first game in Cardiff (Scotland were thrashed 34-7 by Wales in their tournament opener this season), the squad they've named now, there have been a lot of changes, a lot of very important people have come back in", said Best. Ireland are in great form and they're well drilled.

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"It would be nice to prove him wrong but it won't be motivation for us doing it just because somebody called us homers. We've got to be hungry for the win but we've got to play smart as well".

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"We were obviously very good around the breakdown".

"I'd imagine that the words Grand and Slam have been whispered, or even shouted, this week".

"At this stage we've probably made the third most offloads: it's an area where people would love to beat us with a stick, and it's probably overlooked by people that there is some continuity to our play", said Schmidt.

"There are not many, if any, weaknesses in the team and they get the detail and physicality right, so you have to be at your best to win".