Scotland captain talks at length about Ireland's 'brutal' style of rugby

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt

The Irish could win the Six Nations on Saturday if they beat Scotland at Lansdowne Road and England can't match the result against France later in Paris.

Should they complete the bonus point win, they would also need to prevent Ireland from scoring either a losing bonus point for finishing within seven points of England, or from collecting a try-scoring bonus point for themselves picking up four tries.

"We created a lot of opportunities and one more pass needed to go to hand", Scotland skipper John Barclay said. "We've got to keep that variety to our game".

"We have to find ways to cope with it, simple as that".

We know how strong France are at home, but you can't get caught up in the emotion.

Ireland face England at Twickenham on Saturday, March 17, where a St Patrick's Day victory would add this group of players to the Grand Slam-winners of 1948 and 2009. Gregor Townsend's side and their core of Glasgow Warriors are the biggest propagators of running rugby in the championship now and, you would think, will stick to those principles today.

The lack of an outright 7 to match France's Yacouba Camara and Scotland's Hamish Watson has been exploited.

Joe Schmidt strongly defended his attacking blueprint after recent criticism about Ireland's style of play.

When asked if Ireland would employ a direct style against Scotland, Schmidt replied: "It's ironic you say that, because I'd probably challenge people to do a little bit more homework".

However, Scotland's defence coach Matt Taylor insists title talk has not been on the agenda as his team puts their focus on shutting down the twin threats of Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton.

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"After we took the lead, we just breathed a sigh of relief, and at this level if you breathe a sigh of relief and go, 'This feels comfortable, this feels good, we're in control, ' bang, just like that, you lose control again".

"Good sides like Scotland will capitalise".

Now, for the France game, they are talking about the 20,000 stadium we are playing in having 15,000 tickets sold.

It is eight years since Scotland last beat Ireland in Dublin, and since the Six Nations era started in 2000 the Scots have won just six away matches - and four of those were against perennial strugglers Italy.

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