Go for Croke
Two down, one to go. That is Ireland’s position following yesterday’s 27-12 demolition of Wales.
The scene is now set for a Triple Crown-winning farewell to Croke Park this Saturday against Scotland, who drew 15-15 with England last night.
A Six Nations championship repeat is a bigger ask with hopes of a second successive Grand Slam gone.
But Captain Fantastic Brian O’Driscoll, who won his 100th Irish cap yesterday, insisted: “The Scotland game is massive.
“There’s silverware on the line and who knows?
“Maybe we can give ourselves a chance of being in the hunt for the Championship. We’re where we want to be, having lost to France, then beating England and now Wales.
“The way we’ve bounced back in the last two games has been excellent,” he added.
Saturday’s game against the Scots will be the Irish rugby team’s last at GAA headquarters. Next autumn they return to Lansdowne Road, rebranded as the magnificent new Aviva Stadium.
“It has been fabulous playing at Croker and now our aim will be to sign off on a winning note,” O’Driscoll said.
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