Stockdale double as Ireland claim bonus-point win over Scotland
Mar 11 2018
The Irish could win the Six Nations on Saturday if they beat Scotland at Lansdowne Road and England can't match the result against France later in Paris.
England must win with a bonus point if they want to take the championship to the final day in Twickenham and now, England are leading 6-9 with 10 minutes remaining in the first half.
Back in 2007, you were lucky if you had the previous Six Nations game; analysts might have to do a deal with another country to try and swap footage.
John Barclay admits Brian O'Driscoll was spot on by claiming Scotland's can not be considered genuine NatWest 6 Nations title contenders until they find a cure for their travel sickness.
"Even if anyone from the squad was looking forward to the England game that result in Murrayfield (Scotland beating England) made them focus on the Scots".
If Ireland win with a bonus point at home to the Scots, then England will have to do the same away in the Stade de France to ensure they have a chance of piching top spot in the table next weekend.
Ireland have won their first three games by playing a possession based game where they have managed to minimise the amount of penalties they've conceded while maximising pressure. Scotland have won only two matches outside Edinburgh or Rome since the championship expanded to six teams in 2000.
Scotland again failed to take a chance when it was presented after 50 minutes, the pass from Hogg played too high for Kinghorn, who did touch down in the corner moments later, although Laidlaw was unable to add the extras. That would have been our Six Nations model, whereas now we come in several days' before.
Munster centre Farrell certainly wielded the kind of gainline bludgeon that typified Gatland's most successful teams, echoing the impact of former Wales battering ram Jamie Roberts, when Ireland overwhelmed Wales in Dublin.
Firstly, England would need a bonus point win over Ireland.
A late, late Johnny Sexton drop-goal was required to win them the game in Paris when it looked as though Teddy Thomas' brilliant try would hand France a win they did not deserve while against Wales, the same fly-half let 10 points go to waste from the kicking tee - although Jacob Stockdale's double ensured a 37-27 victory to keep Joe Schmidt's men in Grand Slam contention.