Six Nations: Ireland secure bonus-point win over Scotland

With an terrible record away from home, the Scots' own championship bid was nearly inevitably squashed by an Irish side which owns the visitors in Dublin, where Scotland has won only once in 20 years.

However after loses to Scotland and now France, the possibility of three in a row is now a real possibility. Ireland are in great form and they're well drilled.

But Barclay believes the template his side used to clinch a 25-13 Calcutta Cup triumph over England is good enough to win home or overseas.

"He gives me opinions of things we want to try, he's somebody to bounce ideas off, he's somebody who approaches me with ideas". The record speaks for itself. It is going to take us some time. "The record speaks for itself.Ultimately the teams that do well in this competition have to do well away from home".

"It's something we've looked at".

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. And that is an excuse, because we fought our way back into that game, and took the lead with 15 minutes to go. "Due to a few unforeseen circumstances it hasn't been as quickly through as we would like but hopefully we will have news on that - good, bad or indifferent - in the future, the very near future".

Victory over Joe Scmidt's team would not only kill off doubts over the Scots' capabilities but also fire them right into the Championship mix.

Two years ago, England secured the Grand Slam with a 31-21 victory in Paris, a memory their hosts would dearly like to banish from their minds. The visitors show that if you make life hard for Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton, Ireland's world-class half-backs, you can unnerve them.

"We haven't talked about the bigger picture of the championship at all - just putting in a good performance against Ireland", said the defence chief.

"We've now set ourselves up for a big game regardless next week and that's what we we'll be focused on", Best said. If we execute then those outcomes will happen.

The Scots almost got through to build on their lead after a couple of sharp off-loads from Blair Kinghorn and Ryan Wilson, but John Barclay's scrambling tackle was needed when Conor Murray supported Jonny Sexton's chip and chase and looked to have burst clear.

Meanwhile Best said he had no fears Garry Ringrose would be up for the challenge despite the centre only having played 54 minutes of rugby since early January.

Rusell, who played a starring role last time out, identified Sexton and Murray as the danger men and said that winning the individual battles would go a long way towards coming out on top.

"If you let them have an armchair ride they're one of the best pairings in the world".

  • Rosalie Stanley