The Grand Slam is on as Ireland defeat Scotland in exciting showdown

John Barclay- Scotland confident of ending Six Nations drought in Dublin

France's centre Gael Fickou (L) runs with the ball during the Six Nations global rugby union match between France and England at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on March 10, 2018.

Winger Jacob Stockdale, in only his eighth game for Ireland, bagged a brace of tries to take his overall worldwide tally to 10, while further scores from Conor Murray and Sean Cronin handed a ruthless Ireland a thumping win.

Ireland's victory moved them on to 19 points from four matches, meaning England needed to register a bonus-point victory over France in Paris to keep their hopes of a third successive Six Nations title alive.

"The way we play the game is fast, so when a team gets ahead that is as good as Ireland, they can make it hard for you".

"Our basic skills were pretty good in a number of areas, our tackling was outstanding and our contact work when we had the ball was outstanding".

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is the favourite to score in the game, and he is available at the best odds of 21/20 at Bet365. Chelsea's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League could rest on winning the competition for a second time .

"We're just going to be reasonably calm about it and go again next week".

Ireland won a third Six Nations in five years on Saturday after seeing off Scotland 28-8 at Lansdowne Road.

"It's been in the back of our minds and it's something you always dream of", Murray said of the possibility of emulating the 1948 and 2009 feats.

They were deep into Ireland territory and leading 3-0 through Greig Laidlaw's penalty when they offered the hosts the first of several gifts during the afternoon.

Centre Peter Horne's pass was careless and Stockdale intercepted before scorching across the acres of empty turf to score under the posts with Johnny Sexton converting.

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Ireland looked nervous but Scotland failed to capitalise on promising positions and Stockdale punished them again when Garry Ringrose put him in for his sixth try of the tournament, the first Irish player to deliver a half dozen in a single campaign.

Ireland made its bonus-point intentions known after only four minutes, when flyhalf maestro Jonathan Sexton waived off a penalty goalkick to set up a lineout.

Schmidt said the focus was now on the grand slam. Yet if I could I'd suggest that they need to be treat that ticket as a privilege; a chance to influence the outcome, because they... "They've done everything that you can possibly do", he said of his team. We got one big moment just before half-time and we took it. 14-3 is a lot different to 7-3 and to get the next score in the second half as well was really big for us. They have fought out incredibly tough finishes.

"But Jacob Stockdale got another two tries, and we got over for the bonus point in the end, so now we look ahead to Twickenham".

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