Best: Ireland Is Not Looking Beyond The Scotland Game

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The Irish - unbeaten at home in the Six Nations since head coach Joe Schmidt took over after the 2013 edition - will start as favourites even though Scotland arrive in Dublin buoyed by a scintillating 25-13 victory over champions England.

England coach Eddie Jones said that the breakdown has become a problem as England fell to their second defeat in a row as theylost to France . Ireland are nine points clear at the summit ahead of next Saturday's final round.

Jonathan Sexton concedes that England will be "licking their lips" at the prospect of denying Ireland a Grand Slam when the two sides meet next weekend.

France has traditionally capitalised following a British and Irish Lions tour, as the home nations' best players battle fatigue after a long season.

Despite some early jitters in the form of handling errors and missed tackles, Ireland recovered to score through Jacob Stockdale (twice) and Conor Murray, before Sean Cronin crashed over for the all-important bonus point, placing massive pressure on England.

The loss of Robbie Henshaw to a dislocated shoulder during the victory over Italy saw Munster's Chris Farrell partner Bundee Aki for the impressive defeat of Wales in what was a Man of the Match performance for the worldwide newcomer.

"It's amusing you mention that", Schmidt said (meaning it was nothing of the sort).

"It's about your attitude when you step on the pitch".

"This will be week number eight but for some players it's only week two". That was Jordi Murphy's first run-out and I thought he was outstanding coming off the bench.

"We'll have to look how we can be more clinical", stand-in captain Farrell said. "Clearly it's hard and we are playing against good teams but we have probably underperformed and that is the worst thing".

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"Beforehand if someone told me you are going to win the championship without van der Flier, Heaslip and Henshaw I wouldn't have believed them".

And Finn Russell showed he can mix up his game and be effecticve with his man of the match performance, added Laidlaw. We probably had four chances, three clean two on one chances and we took one so.to me that's the difference.

"If the game loves us then we might have won against France, but we didn't get the bounce of the ball, we didn't get the 50/50 decisions and we are in the losers' chair and it is not a very happy place".

"We are proud of how the team played but there is a realisation there is more work to do", Townsend continued.

"I think there was some really good tight play against Wales and some stuff that went through the middle, but there was some stuff down the edges as well".

"Ultimately, the teams that do well in this competition have to do well away from home", he said.

That has not happened this year as Les Bleus seem to be struggling with fitness levels late in their games. We knew that the physical challenge of the game would be a key factor.

"It's very muted upstairs". "But we feel that we are in the hunt and we understand that we need to win here if we want to win the championship".

Here's a look at all of the permutations going into the penultimate round of fixtures.

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