Ireland earn vital bonus point in 28-8 defeat of Scots

Erica Murray
March 11, 2018

Six Nations leaders Ireland piled enormous pressure on England as wing Jacob Stockdale scored two tries in a 28-8 defeat of Scotland to put them within one victory of the third Grand Slam in their history on Saturday.

Jones revealed that number eight Nathan Hughes is "unlikely" to be available for the climax to the Six Nations against Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday.

Should they complete the bonus point win, they would also need to prevent Ireland from scoring either a losing bonus point for finishing within seven points of England, or from collecting a try-scoring bonus point for themselves picking up four tries.

England's Owen Farrell (2) and Elliot Daly responded with their own penalties before Jonny May crossed for a try Farrell converted to set up a frantic finish to what had been a dour, defense-driven and often mistake-riddled encounter at the Stade de France.

Whatever happens in Paris, Ireland, who have now won 11 matches in succession for the first time, will go to Twickenham next weekend within sight of a momentous grand slam, having denied England a similar feat last season. We've looked back on away wins when we have managed it.

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.

In his column, Barclay says he spent some downtime chatting to his team's physio who said "he was ordering in more ice bags for Dublin". The line-out was a bit wobbly and the scrum as well. We've been humbled and we've had to learn a lot. "We've been criticised a lot but we believe in the team".

"It was a match of very high intensity but that's what sport's all about". They gave away 16 penalties, missed 16 tackles, and were turned over nine times.

For England to stay alive until next weekend, they need to win and score at least four tries in Paris tonight. "There's no lack of effort".

"I grew up watching games of rugby with Peter Winterbottom, Mike Teague, those late 80s, Brian Moore, Jean-Francois Tordo, people like that", he said on Friday.

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

The breakdown, exposed at Murrayfield, was a fault line once more but even more alarming were the 16 penalties that saw them whistled out of contention by referee Jaco Peyper. The contest has increased enormously, we have to find a way to cope with that.

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