England lose Hughes and Lawes to injury

  • England lose Hughes and Lawes to injury

England lose Hughes and Lawes to injury

In the lead up to the match on Saturday, there was a lot of nay-sayers saying nay, that Scotland definitely had a chance to come out on top.

Should England do all of this, they would still need to turn around a points difference of 44 points over the course of their two games.

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.

Adding what would be just a third ever Grand Slam to that list against England in Twickenham on Saturday would likely render any debate moot, even if the Kiwi's ultimate goal will be to take the side to a first World Cup semi-final before departing in 2019.

"We've got to find ways to cope with it, it's as simple as that".

"There's so much still to play for and we know how hard it is going to be against England". We've lost two games of rugby. "I thought we had improved but not as much as we needed to", the Australian told a news conference.

Scrumhalf Conor Murray wriggled over early in the second half to widen Ireland's advantage, but it was replacement Sean Cronin's try in the 68th minute that drew the biggest cheers as it secured the bonus point.

It was the men in green who derailed England's bid for back-to-back Grand Slams in rain-soaked Dublin last March, a 13-9 win that also ended an 18-match unbeaten run.

"I remember playing Scotland in Croke Park for a Triple Crown and nearly taking it for granted because I thought, "A Triple Crown, I'll have plenty of more opportunities for this". We controlled the ball and that upset them because they're not used to it". The players have worked hard to get a medal for Josh, the players have worked hard to get a medal for Robbie (Henshaw) and for Chris (Farrell).

It was this welcome in Westmeath nearly three decades ago that drew Schmidt from Clermont to Ireland in 2010, when the offer of the Leinster head coach job came up. I think Garry had 90 running metres, 11 tackles, covered the ground incredibly well for a guy who is probably not up to full fitness.

"Every team is fallible and every team has a weakness and certain strengths and, at the moment, teams are outplaying us in certain areas of the game and we have to learn from it".

"It's very muted upstairs".

"I know there's a lot of hype around it, and there will be more, there'll be a lot o distraction that you'll have to deal with and put to the side, and we're good at focusing on what we need to do, and what we need to get better at from last week".

"It is a very unusual feeling to win the championship with a game to go", said Sexton.

'They will be incredibly keen to make sure that they deny us what we denied them past year'.

SCOTLAND: S Hogg; B Kinghorn, H Jones, P Horne, S Maitland; F Russell, G Laidlaw; G Reid, S McInally, S Berghan, G Gilchrist, J Gray, J Barclay, H Watson, R Wilson.