France beat England 22-16 in Six Nations

France beat England 22-16 in Six Nations

All the while, the four-try win England needed to keep up their chase of a record third straight Six Nations title was never remotely in range.

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 their third ever grand slam tantalisingly within reach.

As was the case last season, when ultimately Elliot Daly's late match-winning try in Cardiff accounted for the only away win outside of Rome and was the primary reason England retained their title, so Ireland are champions by dint of thus far securing the only away win outside of Rome courtesy of Johnny Sexton's 83rd minute drop goal in Paris.

A sustained push on the Scotland line was launched and Murray looked like he was going to get over but was held at bay by desperate defending.

"We didn't feel our five-year run in the Six Nations here protected us".

"We didn't learn quick enough, I'm not 100 per cent sure why".

"I've been here before, probably in more hard circumstances, but this is a test for this team", Haskell said.

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. From the resulting scrum, Ringrose doubled round Bundee Aki, and Stockdale stepped opposite Kinghorn to score his second try of the match, and a leading sixth in the championship.

The Irish won their first Grand Slam in 1948 and also achieved the feat in 2009. "So I don't see any cycle", Jones said.

"Against both Ireland (lost 15-13 in the last minute) and England, we've shown we can go up against them and we will continue to do so".

"In the end the satisfaction is something that really is placed around the effort that they make".

That score was a massive boost mentally for Ireland who, despite not firing on all cylinders, went into the dressing room 14-3 up.

The Scots are quietly confident, Taylor adding that he thought this was a game that "was coming at the right time for us".

RTE have awarded man of the match to Rob Kearney - although there was A LOT of love for Jacob Stockdale - and above all else, it was two teams enjoying the game, and playing with nothing but respect for each other.

"It's a learning period for us".

"At times when we were under pressure today and they were trying to play chaotic rugby, we were able to get a breath back and get control through the spine of our team".

"We knew the physical challenge would be key and we controlled the ball and that upset England, they're not used to that. I'm sure it will be the exact same for England", Sexton said.

Asked if Irish provinces' approach at the breakdown gives their national side an advantage, Jones said: "It's pretty obvious".

"But, as I know, it doesn't work out like that".

"Significantly, we gave too many penalties away, which was the difference in the game, and the breakdown again caused us trouble".



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