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Mar 12 2018 by Kathy Alvarado
Jessy Tremouliere's last minute try ended England Women's Six Nations Grand Slam bid as France Women claimed a dramatic 18-17 victory in Grenoble.
In the lead up to the match on Saturday, there was a lot of nay-sayers saying nay, that Scotland definitely had a chance to come out on top. "You've got to take these opportunities with both hands when they come".
The roles are reversed from twelve months ago when Ireland denied champions-elect England a Grand Slam at the Aviva Stadium, but it will be Rory Best and his team-mates gunning for a Championship clean sweep at Twickenham on St. Patrick's Day (kick-off 2.45pm). But we managed to control enough of the things that we were involved with to get the 19 points on the table that we needed.
If you go through the replay footage of the game you can see how many times England get this wrong, how many times players are too late to identify the role they should be playing in or around the breakdown; how many times individual players are left to try to do nearly impossible clearing jobs in isolation.
'We'll need our A-game from the start because there's going to be an extraordinary resolve among that English contingent after those away losses.
"We will be more focused on showing pride".
More worrying for England, they have scored only two tries over their last two matches.
"But I remember some of the talks around that time from the O'Driscolls, O'Connells, O'Garas - they were trying to achieve this for 10 years and you just could tell by their actions through that season how much it meant to them".
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"I've said this before: I don't really care about who I'm playing, it's more about the winning side", he said.
"They dragged England down to their own level of drudgery". It is a very unusual feeling to win the championship with a game to go.
The championship is Ireland's third in five years.
Ireland are ten points ahead of England with a healthy points difference advantage over the old enemy. But when we're under pressure it comes back, therefore we get a gap between the ball-carrier and the second man. "They'll be gunning for us".
"I know there's a lot of hype around it, and there will be more, there'll be a lot of distraction that you'll have to deal with and put to the side, and we're good at focusing on what we need to do, and what we need to get better at from last week".
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. "The shoe is on the other foot after previous year and I'm sure they will be licking their lips".