Ireland are NatWest Six Nations champions after victory against Scotland, coupled with England’s defeat against France, sealed the title for Joe Schmidt’s men.
Buoyed by a man-of-the-match display from Rob Kearney and a pair of tries from Jacob Stockdale — who has now scored 10 tries in eight tests for his country — Ireland eased their way to a routine 28-8 victory over an indisciplined and sloppy Scotland outfit.
Meanwhile, Eddie Jones’ England suffered their second defeat in a row on Saturday evening as they went down 22-16 against France in Paris.
The reigning Six Nations champions saw the defence of their title fall apart as four Machenaud penalties, a penalty try and a further penalty from Beauxis condemned England to their second of the competition following their defeat against Scotland two weeks ago.
Ireland will now take on England at Twickenham on St. Patrick’s Day knowing that a win will clinch the country’s first Grand Slam since 2009.
It was a mixed bag for Wicklow GAA this past weekend, as both the footballers and the hurlers competed in the Allianz national leagues.
The footballers remain winless after they lost 1-17 to 0-12 away againstCarlow in round five of the Allianz Football League Division 4.
Dean Healy was sent off for the Garden County as high-flying Carlow — led by Paul Broderick who scored 1-7 during the game — handed Wicklow their third defeat of the league campaign.
Meanwhile, the Wicklow hurlers beat Derry by a score of 3-15 to 2-13 in their final game of the Allianz National Hurling League Division 2B.
Andy O’Brien was the star for the Garden County — scoring two of Wicklow’s three goals — while George O’Brien also chipped in with a goal of his own.
As a result of the win, Wicklow cemented their position in third place in division 2B. They finish the campaign two points behind both Mayo and Down — with Down finishing top of the division after defeating Mayo.
Bray Wanderers remain without a win in the Airtricity League Premier Division after they lost 1-0 away to Limerick on Friday night.
Bray went into the game on the back of two defeats and a draw from their first three games, while Limerick hosted the Seagulls having lost 8-0 to Dundalk over a week prior.
The definitive goal came with just nine minutes remaining as substitute Danny Morrissey popped up with the winning goal.
The result is Limerick’s first home win of the season and their second over all, and leaves them in fifth-place with seven points from their first four games.
As for Bray, the defeat leaves them winless from their first four games and last in the premier division with jsut one point. Their next game comes on Monday night when they host Sligo Rovers at the Carlisle Grounds.
Bohemians 0-1 St. Patrick’s Athletic
Limerick 1-0 Bray Wanderers
Sligo Rovers 1-2 Waterford
Dundalk 1-0 Cork City
Shamrock Rovers 6-1 Derry City