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Six Nations: Jones not feeling the love as Irish grab crown

12 March 2018, 05:33 | Justin Tyler

Dylan Hartley will return to the starting line-up to face Ireland at Twickenham Inpho

Dylan Hartley

Another missed Sexton penalty raised questions over Ireland's decision to go for the posts rather than touch with 15 minutes left, but replacement Cronin crossed after a driving maul to further focus English minds in Paris and keep their Grand Slam hopes alive.

RTE have awarded man of the match to Rob Kearney - although there was A LOT of love for Jacob Stockdale - and above all else, it was two teams enjoying the game, and playing with nothing but respect for each other.

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.

"We're just keen to get everyone fit to train on Monday, Tuesday".

"I'd be lying if I said [the Slam wasn't the goal]", Sexton said after the France result came through and confirmed Ireland as winners.

But let us dig deeper, because these two points are interlinked, and not until you identify this do you see why it is even more important that the players also understand.

Schmidt took over a demoralised Irish side after the 2013 Six Nations but then guided the Irish to back to back titles in 2014/15.

When Wales coach Warren Gatland last named an experimental side, it almost resulted in a shock defeat by second-tier Georgia before his new-look team hung on for a 13-6 home win in November.

No doubt, Ringrose will be central to Ireland's cause as they look to make history at England HQ on St Patrick's Day.


Exeter Chiefs loose forward Armand is included in the group as England look to bounce back from recent losses to Scotland and France.

Ireland got the job done today with a four-try display in front of another sell-out home crowd.

The game is changing a little bit and we have probably been slow to adapt to it. "So you've got to take that in equal doses".

"We're coming from the Premiership, where no one competes at the breakdown, into the Six Nations, where every team is throwing lots of people into it".

Eddie Jones says the breakdown deficiencies exposed during England's Six Nations title defence could persist until the World Cup.

Where do you think it all went wrong for England? "We controlled the ball and that upset them because they're not used to it".

If you go through the replay footage of the game you can see how many times England get this wrong, how many times players are too late to identify the role they should be playing in or around the breakdown; how many times individual players are left to try to do nearly impossible clearing jobs in isolation.

Jones said that "some teams are outplaying us in certain areas".

Jonathan Sexton concedes that England will be "licking their lips" at the prospect of denying Ireland a Grand Slam when the two sides meet next weekend. "The shoe is on the other foot from previous year [when Ireland ended England's Grand Slam hopes with victory in Dublin on the final weekend] and I am sure they will be licking their lips".



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