Painful Six Nations lessons make Best wary of Scots

Marie Harrington
March 11, 2018

They butchered a few tries.

Trailing 14-3 at half-time, Scotland stayed in the hunt with a Blair Kinghorn try cancelling out a Conor Murray touchdown off a maul.

Wales lost for the second time, but the vagaries of the bonus point system leave them with an outside chance of the championship if other results go the right way for them.

A Jacob Stockdale double has helped Ireland to a bonus point win over Scotland as their Grand Slam hopes remain alive.

"I wanted the team to be close to the best during the tournament", France coach Jacques Brunel said.

England's defence of their Six Nations title has ended in failure following a 22-16 loss in France.

Although the championship is in the bag, Schmidt said he wanted this side to achieve everything they could.

"For us it's about trying to drag those young guys along, they probably think they are going to get lot of opportunities but as I know it doesn't work out like that".

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.

England conceded 16 penalties against France - a statistic boss Eddie Jones will be far from thrilled with.

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That will be an uphill task as Joe Schmidt's men are third in the World rankings and look to be in fine form.

"We'll have to look how we can be more clinical", stand-in captain Farrell said. "I thought we had improved but not as much as we needed to", Jones told a news conference.

But while the Townsend's rejuvenated outfit notched up impressive over France and the Auld Enemy at BT Murrayfield last month, O'Driscoll said the Scots will not get the respect given to real challengers until the fix their woeful record on the road.

"This will be week number eight but for some players it's only week two".

It's clear that this England side have the knack of losing.

But for the trip to Paris Jones has kept faith with Courtney Lawes, Chris Robshaw and Nathan Hughes in the back row. But there was a lot of energy and a lot of will from the players.

The Wasps back did get himself on the scoresheet though, showing off his howitzer of a left boot to slot a penalty from 55 metres, although the choice to take points over a lineout in the French off was a curious one given the state of the table.

"If we can get three wins in such a competitive championship, with such quality teams, that would be a great outcome".

They fell apart against Wales in Cardiff and came undone against England at Twickenham past year.

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