Ireland the last men standing in thrilling Six Nations shootout

Record 30-point win over Scotland enough to secure back-to-back titles on extraordinary final day

Ireland’s Sean O’Brien scores the decisive  fourth try against Scotland. Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland’s Sean O’Brien scores the decisive fourth try against Scotland. Billy Stickland/Inpho

 

After a remarkable final day of thrill and spills, with veritable try-fests in Rome, Edinburgh and London, it Ireland transpired that Ireland had done just about enough to defend their Six Nations crown.

It is the first time Ireland have retained the title since 1948-49 and it was only achieved after the three title challengers threw the shackles off and served up the sort of attacking rugby that had fans on the edge of their seats all afternoon.

After Wales had put Italy to the sword in the curtain-raiser, winning 61-20 in Rome, Ireland moved into pole position with a 40-10 win over Scotland in Rome. That left England needing to defeat France by at least 26-points and despite Stuart Lancaster’s side going mighty close, their 55-35 win wasn’t enough to snatch the title from Ireland’s grip.

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