Frustration mixed with a fair element of pride
Joe Schmidt takes positives of Ireland finishing on a high and investments paying off
Jared Payne of Ireland is tackled by England’s Jonathan Joseph during the Six Nations game at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Ireland won 13-9. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA.
The final table tells no lies, and by dint of being the only team to beat the champions and the reigning Grand Slam holders, Ireland assuredly deserve to finish second in the table.