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France win over United Kingdom hands Ireland title

12 Марта 2018

This narrative has annoyed Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, who seems to be a lot more easily riled these days than the cool, level-headed nearly schoolmasterly demeanour he projected in his early years in charge of the Boys in Green. "And it's going to take us some time; it's not going to come quickly".

Indeed, to see someone like Dan Leavy fit in easily on the grand stage and become Ireland's best performer in every match this Six Nations campaign, is impressive.

Woodward also said that England flyhalf George Ford was the "biggest worry of all" as he failed to make an impact for the second consecutive game, saying that the 24-year-old has been struggling to impose himself in big matches.

England conceded 16 penalties against France - a statistic boss Eddie Jones will be far from thrilled with.

England's Owen Farrell (2) and Elliot Daly responded with their own penalties before Jonny May crossed for a try Farrell converted to set up a frantic finish to what had been a dour, defence-driven and often mistake-riddled encounter at the Stade de France.

Sexton said: "Declan said I was just as much a part of it as everyone else in 2009 when I was in the bibs". "It's freakish [also], because we won it watching a game over which we didn't have any control over".

A win against perennial Six Nations whipping boys Italy snapped that losing run but it was Saturday's 22-16 victory over arch rivals England that gave new coach Brunel big hopes for the future.

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But Griggs said the preparation wasn't right, resulting in a poor start from his team with the error count well into the teens by the end of the opening quarter and Ireland's lack of discipline at the breakdown alarming and damaging in equal measure. "But I have to question, we get four scrum penalties on the line and we got a yellow card from it but no penalty try".

"It's taken a lot of hard work to get to this point". "They'll be gunning for us". The ball moved right before coming back the way and Stockdale had enough space to break the tackle of Kinghorn, who had not long returned from a head injury assessment to get over in the corner and become the first Irish player to score six tries in a Six Nations campaign.

The unpalatable fact is that the flaws exploited by an average but physically powerful France team were not ones that were a surprise.

'I think they're going to be really risky, ' Schmidt added.

"It's just a tough period for us at the moment". Scotland cleaned England out at the breakdown, winning 13 turnovers and the match and the Calcutta Cup, 25 points to 13.

"It is global rugby and we know it is a step up from Premiership", said Danny Care, the England scrum-half.

England spent the fortnight after the Calcutta Cup rout at Murrayfield working on their breakdown, only for the same issue to surface in Paris, a effect of which was their attack never left first gear.

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France win over United Kingdom hands Ireland title