Best: Ireland must raise game to seal Grand Slam glory

Best: Ireland must raise game to seal Grand Slam glory

France could now finish as high as second in the Six Nations table if they topple Wales on Saturday and head coach Jacques Brunel was delighted after stitching together successive wins against Italy and England.

Winger Jacob Stockdale, in only his eighth game for Ireland, bagged a brace of tries to take his overall global tally to 10, while further scores from Conor Murray and Sean Cronin handed a ruthless Ireland a thumping win. What we said was that we know when we get chances we can create some good stuff.

"Our basic skills were pretty good in a number of areas, our tackling was outstanding and our contact work when we had the ball was outstanding".

The result sees Ireland claim the trophy with one game to spare, setting up a showdown with England at Twickenham next weekend which could see the Irish pull off a Grand Slam for only the third time in their history.

"There's so much still to play for and we know how hard it is going to be against England".

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"It's been in the back of our minds and it's something you always dream of", Murray said of the possibility of emulating the 1948 and 2009 feats.

Scotland showed glimpses of the form that saw them beat England in the previous round of matches but left too many points out on the field through sloppy passing and poor decision-making.

Sexton's displeasure didn't distract Greig Laidlaw who slotted over the penalty to give them a 3-0 lead.

Peter Horne gifted Joe Schmidt's men the opener in Dublin midway through the first period when his pass was intercepted by Jacob Stockdale.

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.

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Thankfully, despite all of their best intentions - and to be fair, they did play a HELL of a game - the Scots simply couldn't penetrate the Irish defence for the majority of the game, and when all was said and done, the Irish sailed passed them on the scoreboard, to the tune of 28-8.

When Murray scored and Sexton converted to put Ireland 21-3 ahead in the 46th minute, victory looked assured and it was all about taking the bonus point.

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.

"Have they earned it?" No one can catch us which is great.

Schmdit's class of 2018 also set a new Ireland record with an 11th consecutive victory, their winning run dating back to last term's 13-9 win over England in Dublin.

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