Ireland see off Scotland and win 6 Nations title

Scotland's Blair Cowan is tackled by Ireland's Paul O'Connell
Scotland's Blair Cowan is tackled by Ireland's Paul O'Connell

SCOTLAND 10 IRELAND 40

Ireland claimed a successive RBS 6 Nations title after claiming a 40-10 win over Scotland at Murrayfield, while England failed to beat France by more than 26 points at Twickenham.

Sean O’Brien grabbed two tries while further scores from skipper Paul O’Connell and Jared Payne ensured Joe Schmidt’s team doubled their try count for the championship.

Johnny Sexton kicked another 18 points and substitute Ian Madigan two but the Irish will hope three missed penalties do not come back to bite them as the race for the crown looks set to be decided by points difference.

Finn Russell pulled one try back for the Scots but they were simply overrun by hungry opponents and end the tournament red-faced having lost all five games.

England were left needing to win by 26 points against France at Twickenham to snatch the title, but they came up short after beating France 55-35.