Five things we learned during Ireland's Six Nations win over Scotland
Ireland are the Six Nations champions but what else can we take away from their win over Scotland?
1. Schmidt writes more history in Irish rugby
With a Grand Slam still on the cards for Joe Schmidt and his men there is understandably a feeling of more work still to be done but Ireland’s achievement is still worth a pause. Three outright titles in five years is something the side haven’t managed since three in four from 1948-51. Win or lose in Twickenham, Schmidt has masterminded a historically successful run.
2. Hurting England out to derail Slam dreams
With four wins from four in the bag though, the championship would end on an undeniably flat note if the Grand Slam slips from Ireland’s grasp in Twickenham this weekend. England haven’t lost three games in the same championship since 2006 and have fallen below Ireland in the world rankings. They’ll be a different beast in London though, even if they have plenty to fix from the last fortnight.
3. No Ring rust from Garry
If Ireland have enjoyed relatively rude health during this victorious championship season, it’s been a different story in the 13 jersey. Garry Ringrose started the campaign on the sidelines, and both Robbie Henshaw and Chris Farrell were struck down since things got going in Paris five weeks ago. Ringrose slotted straight back in on Saturday and certainly showed no signs of lacking rugby.
4. Ireland again show their ruthless streak
Ireland had their lowest possession so far in this championship but secured their third straight try bonus point thanks to what has been their calling card during the Schmidt years — a clinical edge. Scotland were wasteful throughout and the two contrasting levels of success in the opposition ‘22’ were the key difference between the sides. The visitors made so little of opportunities.
5. Jacob’s Stock just keeps on rising
The records keep falling for Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale (right) after another two tries brought his tally to 10 in just eight games. Having scored a brace against Italy, Wales and now Scotland, Stockdale is just the second man to bag two tries in three consecutive championship games, the last to do so, Englishman Cyril Rowe, coming in 1914.
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