England will be licking lips at chance to derail Irish slam - Sexton

Posted March 12, 2018

England went into the game knowing that only a bonus-point victory would prevent the Irish, with four wins from four after an earlier 28-8 triumph over Scotland, winning the championship.

The trip to Twickenham to face England represents the opportunity of a Grand Slam, with the title having been wrapped up through the Red Rose's 22-16 defeat to France.

He's determined he doesn't squander this rare shot at a Grand Slam.

"It's very similar to that now, I know Rory (Best, the captain) is desperate for a Grand Slam because he thinks he'll be a bigger part of it than he played back then".

Saturday's reverse in Paris came immediately after England's 25-13 defeat by Scotland and meant they had lost back-to-back matches under Jones for the first time since he took charge after the team's first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup.

"The shoe is on the other foot from a year ago [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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St Patrick's Day simply can't come soon enough for Ireland.

This was perhaps the weekend at which Ireland really started to believe the title was firmly on as they beat a confident Wales side in Dublin, scoring five tries in the process in a real topsy-turvy encounter. "We are always going to go through this at some stage", England boss Jones said.

Eddie Jones' England are eying up an unprecedented three losses in a row after successfully losing in Paris this evening. England lies last in the tournament in ruck success rate. With an bad record away from home, the Scots' own championship bid was nearly inevitably squashed by an Irish side which owns the visitors in Dublin, where Scotland has won only once in 20 years.

Scotland had their chances but weren't as accurate, and butchered at least two tries.

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.

Jacob Stockdale became the first Irishman to claim six tries in a single Five or Six Nations competition with a brace against the Scots. Jones drew last-man Sexton but passed too far in front of Hogg.

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"The impact of our attack definitely has an effect on how effective we are at the breakdown", admitted George.

"Whilst we're all disappointed, we're all gutted, we've got to make sure we learn from it and make sure we're stronger next time we play".

"We need to make sure that when we have these experiences that are tough, it goes into our work to improve".

We're never going to get that game back.

Luke, Will, Ethan, Christopher, Benjamin and Todd, sent us their messages for the Ireland team.

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