England will be gunning for Grand Slam revenge - Sexton

Finn Russell

"Joe made five changes for the second Test down in South Africa in 2015".

England have suffered a double injury blow after Nathan Hughes and Courtney Lawes were ruled out of Saturday's NatWest 6 Nations match against Ireland at Twickenham. "We've been criticised a lot, but we never lost faith in the squad", the hooker said.

Ireland are Six Nations champions. It didn't protect us, we had to do it again.

"If you can't motivate yourself against England, then you're in trouble".

"I don't think we should get too carried away or too melodramatic about where we are", he said. There are some pretty exhausted bodies there, I think Scotland made 190 tackles and we made 135 - that suggests that there was a fair bit of collision stuff out there, and it was very hard work post-tackle as well.

"It's a very big moment, it's a big emotion to beat England". The boys fought hard to get us into that position, but unfortunately we couldn't finish it at the end. "We can address it and keep getting better at it but the reality is we probably won't get better at it until the World Cup".

From that point France took control.

England went into the game knowing that only a bonus-point victory would prevent the Irish, with four wins from four after an earlier 28-8 triumph over Scotland, winning the championship.

They will bid for Grand Slam glory when they face Wales Women in Colwyn Bay on March 16.

Three scrum penalties on their own line saw Scotland go down to 14 players and on the fourth reset, Ciara Griffin's attempt to move it through the hands and expose the visitors out wide proved costly. That's how I feel and that's how I see it.

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"They had to drag along guys like Luke Fitzgerald, Tommy Bowe, Rob Kearney and young guys coming through".

"I don't think it's a technical problem, I think there are other issues apart from being technical and I think a lot of it has got to do with power".

"I remember playing Scotland in Croke Park for a triple crown (in 2010) and nearly taking it for granted - and I still haven't won a triple crown".

"I still haven't won a Triple Crown. We didn't take the opportunity to score points", the Australian said.

The Irish won their first Grand Slam in 1948 and also achieved the feat in 2009.

"It's very muted upstairs. Any team that is developing as we are, you go through these tough periods, when the game doesn't love you", he said. "There is so much still to play for". "The shoe is on the other foot after past year and I'm sure they will be licking their lips".

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

"While we're all disappointed, we're all gutted, we've got to make sure we learn from it and make sure we're stronger next time we play", Jones told the BBC. Devin Toner, Peter O'Mahony, and the front row were replaced.

SCOTLAND: S Hogg; B Kinghorn, H Jones, P Horne, S Maitland; F Russell, G Laidlaw; G Reid, S McInally, S Berghan, G Gilchrist, J Gray, J Barclay, H Watson, R Wilson.


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