Painful Six Nations lessons make Best wary of Scots

Painful Six Nations lessons make Best wary of Scots

Of course, regardless of England's result against France - Ireland will still be gunning to win the Grand Slam.

It earned Ireland a bonus point which means England must beat France, and score a four-try bonus point, in Paris later on Saturday to keep the title race alive.

Their failure to pick up a losing bonus point in their shock 25-13 defeat to Scotland put Eddie Jones' men in a precarious position prior to Ireland's game against the Scots.

Even if Ireland were to seal a third title in five years with a week to play, Schmidt's side only have eyes for one prize now - a first Grand Slam in nine years.

But the Dark Blues skipper believes his side can make the Aviva Stadium a home from home on Saturday if they replicate their stunning performance against England. "Ireland are so good in the contact, holding us up, getting over the ball so we've got to be physically ready for them".

But while the Townsend's rejuvenated outfit notched up impressive over France and the Auld Enemy at BT Murrayfield last month, O'Driscoll said the Scots will not get the respect given to real challengers until the fix their woeful record on the road. With Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton they can control the game if we just go flying into everything then they're going to pick us off. We've looked back on away wins when we have managed it.

"I think when you look at that first game in Cardiff (Scotland were thrashed 34-7 by Wales in their tournament opener this season), the squad they've named now, there have been a lot of changes, a lot of very important people have come back in", said Best.

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"We were obviously very good around the breakdown".

Ireland are going for a first Grandslam since 2009, though come up against a Scottish side, who have their own Championship ambitions, they must win to have a chance of going to Italy next week, of a first triumph since 1999.

"At the warm-up at Murrayfield we let things get away from us".

Kiwi boss Schmidt talks frequently about keeping his players in a "bubble" in a Test match build-up, but Ulster hooker Best admitted that can not extend to players failing to think on their feet.

"So for us it's about making sure we perform and play well, and get the result".

"He said that, from his perspective, he gets through more ice to nurse more bumps and bruises in games against Ireland and South Africa than any other nation we play".

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