O'Sullivan stars as Ireland edge Donnybrook drama against Scotland U20s

O'Sullivan stars as Ireland edge Donnybrook drama against Scotland U20s

O'Sullivan stars as Ireland edge Donnybrook drama against Scotland U20s

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.

Eddie Jones' side needed a bonus-point win over France to keep their Six Nations title hopes alive after Ireland took maximum points in their 28-8 victory against Scotland.

Scrumhalf Conor Murray wriggled over early in the second half to widen Ireland's advantage, but it was replacement Sean Cronin's try in the 68th minute that could prove a title victor. That led to about eight to 10 minutes of game time being spent on conversions.

Ireland piled on the pressure through their relentless phase play and Sexton missed a penalty when they went for the posts, but the next time the Lions stand-off kicked ot the corner and replacement hooker Sean Cronin dived over from the lineout drive for the bonus point try. At 21-3, Ireland was cruising. Jones was beside him and Kinghorn further out but Horne threw to the wrong man - Kinghorn - and over the sideline.

Fit-again Garry Ringrose excelled despite only featuring for an hour for Leinster since January, with Peter O'Mahony also to the fore.

"We haven't talked about the bigger picture of the championship at all - just putting in a good performance against Ireland", said the defence chief.

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"Talk of the title hasn't been banned, it's just out of control in terms of other games, in terms where we are in the table".

Benjamin Fall came up with the ball but was tackled around the neck by Watson as he dived for the line, resulting in a yellow card and a penalty try being given by Peyper.

They didn't have to wait long as the Scots were driven back early on and Murray scrambled over from short range, Sexton converted and it was now a mountainous 18-point lead.

Hatley and England's focus for the last two weeks since losing 25-13 to Scotland at Murrayfield has been on fixing the problems they encountered at the breakdown, where their hosts were totally dominant.

The twenty-point final margin of victory might not suggest it, but just two misplaced passes prevented Scotland from holding a position of command going into half-time.

"We must make sure we don't let any distractions catch us", said Best, ahead of Ireland hosting Scotland at the Aviva Stadium today.

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