Six Nations: Ireland secure bonus-point win over Scotland

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Ireland fans should still be smiling on Monday morning following a weekend that saw their side crowned 2018 Six Nations champions following their victory over Scotland and England's defeat in Paris.

Defeat by Ireland will condemn England to their worst Six Nations performance since 2006 - the last time they lost three matches - and a possible fifth-placed finish.

Currently third in the points standings, England now have a huge task in hand against Ireland on March 17 at Twickenham in London.

England's 22-16 defeat in Paris meant Ireland's celebrations could begin, although Joe Schmidt's side will go to Twickenham next weekend with only its third ever grand slam tantalizingly within reach.

"At the breakdown, we had trouble". There are some pretty exhausted bodies there, I think Scotland made 190 tackles and we made 135 - that suggests that there was a fair bit of collision stuff out there, and it was very hard work post-tackle as well. Instead, Jones had already started the post-mortem, and this time around it looks particularly messy for England. "Now we have to fix it". Scotland cleaned England out at the breakdown, winning 13 turnovers and the match and the Calcutta Cup, 25 points to 13.

Head coach Eddie Jones says he is open to bringing in an another coach to help with England's stuttering attack.

"We're being exposed in certain areas at the moment". It was a bit of a weird feeling on Saturday, watching the England game and knowing we had effectively won it, and just by people's reactions... obviously we said "well done" to each other! It's the flip of what happened previous year (v Eng at Aviva) and we know what England's motivation is going to be.

They very almost recovered - despite giving away 16 penalties - to win the game at the last, but they never threatened to score four tries, meaning Ireland could celebrate a week early, France claiming a 22-16 win on the day.

"We're about 2 or 3 per cent from where we needed to be today", he added.

'We just made a few too many mistakes and that was always going to cost us against a really good Ireland team.

There was no doubt in the mind of the Irish scrumhalf that Ireland have the resources to win for a reverse of last season, when Ireland prevented Eddie Jones' side from collecting the Grand Slam trophy in the final game.

"I honestly believe that if we beat five teams in a seven-week period in a year when we were away to France and England it would surpass anything that has gone before", said Ward.

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