Ireland pile pressure on England with bonus-point win

'Manhood on the line' for England in biggest match of Jones era

Greig Laidlaw has finally ticked holding the Calcutta Cup as a victor off his personal bucket list and now the aim is to add to that with a notable away 6 Nations win in Dublin.

Scotland's determination to play the first half at a frantic pace came with frustratingly little reward and, after Bundee Aki was held up on the line, Stockdale stepped inside Blair Kinghorn to stretch the Irish advantage to 11 points on the stroke of half-time - his 10th try in eight Tests.

"There's a lot of history behind this fixture, but first and foremost we're looking at where we are in this competition and what this game means to us in terms of trying to win this competition", he said.

Two first-half tries from Jacob Stockdale put Joe Schmidt's side in control at the Aviva Stadium, and Conor Murray and Sean Cronin would both touch down after the break.

"It is a very odd feeling to win the championship with a game to go", said Sexton. "They are a fantastic side and we knew when we got chances we had to take them especially against a defence as good as theirs".

"Ireland like to keep a hold of the ball so we need to get the ball back as much as we can and keep a hold of it ourselves and we did that well in the corresponding fixture previous year".

Ireland v Scotland (kick-off 2.15pm) is now the potential tournament decider.

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"It's just a tough period for us at the moment. Winning it on the back of four games would be a huge achievement".

Meanwhile Best said he had no fears Garry Ringrose would be up for the challenge despite the centre only having played 54 minutes of rugby since early January.

'Yes, I have recovered from that night!' said a smiling Laidlaw. 'Kicking is a big part of Murray's game and his box kicks are more often than not on the money. He is a world-class player who is on his game going into the Ireland match.' Laidlaw and Russell (below) will have to get the better of two players they know and hugely respect against Ireland to make their mark.

"If we find something unfamiliar tomorrow, we've got to go back to our process, trust our game plan". His pride in how Scotland performed came as much from the quality of the team he faced. "Le Crunch" is the pinnacle of the Six Nations for us", said Trinh-Duc. "Ideally you will never have to kick the ball away but that is totally unrealistic, so when you do you need to kick for a reason".

Ireland began the game on the front foot but it took an errant pass from Pete Horne to present Stockdale with the chance to canter over for the game's first try in the 22nd minute. "You can just feel it".

"I thought he was tremendous in the game", he said. He makes it look very easy at times but I can assure you it is not.

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. He is a strong character, he likes a laugh and a joke but he is serious about his rugby. The players have worked hard to get a medal for Josh, the players have worked hard to get a medal for Robbie (Henshaw) and for Chris (Farrell).

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