Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Scotland captain talks at length about Ireland's 'brutal' style of rugby

Scotland captain talks at length about Ireland's 'brutal' style of rugby

The Grand Slam is on for Ireland on St. Patrick's Day. "We've got to be hungry for the win but we've got to play smart as well".

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.

Scotland continued to play their positive brand of rugby, looking to harry the Irish out of the routine they so often are able to establish at a home stadium which has been practically impregnable in recent years.

Gregor Townsend's side's fabulous victory over England during round three has them right back into the mix for the title, while Ireland are dreaming of only a third Grand Slam in 100 years.

In a statement on Twitter, Higgins wrote: "As President of Ireland, may I congratulate the Irish senior rugby team on winning the Six Nations Championship".

Take this on Ireland's gain-line power against Wales, and whether they might seek to adopt the same tactics against Scotland: "It's ironic you say that, because I'd probably challenge people to do a little bit more homework". We've looked back on away wins when we have managed it.

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"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.

Ireland will win the Six Nations championship if England fail to beat France with a bonus point in Paris tonight, but Best said his side have their attention firmly fixed on next weekend.

The resulting maul was roared to the rafters and the Scottish defence was powerless to prevent sub hooker Cronin from crashing over.

"No-one deserves that. I thought the way England handled it, which would have been a big disappointment for their players, to how they spoke after the game, to the coach - showed they were good losers as well as being very good winners over the last couple of years".

"You can't get bored of doing the simple things and we didn't in the first half.the message at half-time was to do the same again. but unfortunately we did make an error and compounded it with another error and that brought them back into the game".

"We created a lot of opportunities and one more pass needed to go to hand", Scotland skipper John Barclay said.

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