Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Painful Six Nations lessons make Best wary of Scots

Painful Six Nations lessons make Best wary of Scots

"I'd imagine that the words Grand and Slam have been whispered, or even shouted, this week".

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.

Wales v France, NatWest 6 Nations - March 17 England v Ireland, NatWest 6 Nations - March 17.

In 2017, Ireland denied England a Grand Slam when they met in the final round with the latter already assured of the Six Nations title.

England surrendered their Six Nations title to Ireland with a round to spare after a 22-16 defeat by France completed their worst Championship performance since 2010.

Scotland managed to get hands on the ball and looked threatening until Peter Horne threw a wayward pass between center partner Huw Jones and Stuart Hogg straight to Stockdale.

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.

In a statement on Twitter, Higgins wrote: "As President of Ireland, may I congratulate the Irish senior rugby team on winning the Six Nations Championship".

"We respect the threat that France offer at the breakdown, so yes it's been a big area of focus for us".

Ahead of the game, Scotland captain John Barclay has been previewing the clash on his BBC column.

The resulting maul was roared to the rafters and the Scottish defence was powerless to prevent sub hooker Cronin from crashing over.

They didn't have to wait long as the Scots were driven back early on and Murray scrambled over from short range, Sexton converted and it was now a mountainous 18-point lead.

"I think when you look at that first game in Cardiff (Scotland were thrashed 34-7 by Wales in their tournament opener this season), the squad they've named now, there have been a lot of changes, a lot of very important people have come back in", said Best.

"They don't come around too easy, so as a team we're going to do our very, very best to make sure that we can produce".

"Then we just breathed a sigh of relief, and - at this level - if you breathe a sigh of relief and go "okay, we're in control", bang, just like that, you can quickly lose control again".

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