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France have beaten England - Ireland are the 2018 Six Nations champions

11 March 2018

Victory moved Ireland 10 points clear of second-place England ahead of their clash with France, and Eddie Jones were uninspired as they fell to a 22-16 defeat in Paris to surrender their crown with a week to spare.

But the Dark Blues skipper believes his side can make the Aviva Stadium a home from home on Saturday if they replicate their stunning performance against England. Best said it was a costly lesson for the team to learn how to handle unexpected setbacks.

"If you let them have an armchair ride they're one of the best pairings in the world".

"Little things, from a dropped ball in the warm-up to the bus breaking down; anything left-field".

"Mentally we've got to be there as well". And by "up" we do not mean displaying your manhood in the Murrayfield tunnel, but executing a game plan and playing on the right side of the edge.

"Something always goes wrong, and that's the beauty of sport: You've got to be bigger and stronger than that".

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Blair Kinghorn's try did narrow the lead to 21-8 in the 51st minute, but Ireland were simply more clinical, and there was a sense of elation when a lineout move in the corner resulted in Cronin, nearly on his knees, going over.

"We are just trying to to get everyone fit and then keen to train on Monday and Tuesday, and then by Thursday evening go to Twickenham and see what we can do there".

But Barclay believes the template his side used to clinch a 25-13 Calcutta Cup triumph over England is good enough to win home or overseas. "They caught us at the start of the game and they caught us when we took the lead again".

"We are three or four years behind Ireland in terms of what they've done and achieved over the last few years", Scotland coach Gregor Townsend said.

"They are a tough bunch and acquit themselves in tough moments very well".

"If we play with that intensity and that accuracy we should be in a good position".

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Meanwhile, Scotland counterpart John Barclay admitted they can't be considered a title contender until they win away from home.

Schmdit's class of 2018 also set a new Ireland record with an 11th consecutive victory, their winning run dating back to last term's 13-9 win over England in Dublin.

"We'll have to look how we can be more clinical", stand-in captain Farrell said. "We hadn't lost in five years before today against Scotland".

"It's kind of muted up there yet, it's a odd feeling to win the title with a game to go and still have more to play for".

"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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France have beaten England - Ireland are the 2018 Six Nations champions