Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

England will be gunning for Grand Slam revenge - Sexton

Players were seen rolling around on the floor and stretching during the practice Players were seen rolling around on the floor and stretching during the practice
Jerome Frank | 12 March, 2018, 09:16

Jones has only a week before Grand Slam-chasing Ireland visit Twickenham, bringing with them two of the best flankers in the competition, Dan Leavy and Peter O'Mahony.

Ireland can stamp the class of 2018 into the NatWest 6 Nations history books with just a third-ever clean sweep with victory over England at Twickenham on Saturday.

"Any team that is developing, as we are, goes through tough periods where the game does not love you".

"We'll look back at that, yea, when we lift the trophy next week, hopefully a Grand Slam, we can look back at that five minutes and say that was a huge moment in our success".

Fellow forward James Haskell, who made his first England appearance in a year, said winning was enough of a reward in itself not to worry about who it comes against.

"I've been here before, probably in more hard circumstances, but this is a test for this team", Haskell said.

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"Against these two nations, we showed that we could compete".

Scoring one try alone took 73 minutes - Jonny May eventually went over - and the closing moments hinted at a Red Rose victory, but even with a malfunctioning set-piece wasteful France should have been out of sight.

Scotland upended England last time out but that was at Murrayfield.

The Irish are on 19 points and England and France on 10 going into the final round of matches.

"The impact of our attack definitely has an effect on how effective we are at the breakdown", admitted George.

Against Wales, our ball-carriers were able to get over the gain line repeatedly and our attack looked very risky.

The feeling before the game was that given the way Scotland look to get quick ball to their speed men in the outside channels, there may have been opportunities for our outside backs to gamble and go for the intercept pass.

Should Joe Schmidt's side win, they will complete only their second Grand Slam in the Six Nations era and third overall.

Daly laid on a try for fellow wing May with six minutes remaining, but it was too little, too late for England, whose day was summed up by the concession of yet another penalty late on, kicked by replacement Lionel Beauxis.

"It's the exact same for England - I know a lot of the players and they're a proud bunch of people. We need to learn".

"International rugby is dramatically different now to where it was 12 months ago".

"I think we were probably five percent off last week and three percent off this week - that cost us".

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