Ireland win Six Nations after tense final day victory over Scotland

Ireland defend their crown after another superb campaign (Picture: Getty)

Ireland have clinched the Six Nations championship after victory over Scotland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

On a tense final day of the competition on ‘Super Saturday’, the defending champions sealed a 17-13 win, ending England’s faint hopes of snatching the title when they take on France tonight.

Andy Farrell’s side began the day with their fate in their own hands, with a win or a draw enough for them to defend their crown after slipping up against England last week.

Ireland held a narrow 7-6 lead at the break thanks to Dan Sheehan’s try either side of two Finn Russell penalties.

The hosts pushed for a second up against a resilient and brave Scottish backline with Andrew Porter finally powering through to give them clear daylight after Tadhg Furlong and Robbie Henshaw had tries ruled out.

There was more late drama when Huw Jones surged through the Irish defence to score Scotland’s first try of the afternoon with three minutes left on the clock.

But the champions held their nerve to ensure the title remains on Irish soil for another year.

Ireland win Six Nations after win over Scotland

Ireland get the job done in Dublin (Picture: Getty)

England take on France in Lyon tonight in the tournament’s closing game and needed an Irish slip-up and five match points to stage an unlikely last-minute title charge.

Ireland captain Peter O’Mahony lifted the trophy as the party got underway in the Irish capital but hinted post-match he could now retire from international rugby.

‘I don’t know. I’ve a few chats to have with family and stuff over the next couple of weeks. If it was my last one, it was a pretty good one,’ he told ITV when asked about his future.

‘Thankfully we went out and did it against a good team. We showed grit, ambition with the ball, and I thought we played some good rugby.

‘We spoke about getting stuck in, and put a lot of work in their legs. I thought the 10 minutes after half-time was really impressive.

‘It’s a huge honour every time you get selected to play for your country.’


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