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Six Nations 2018: How Ireland could beat England to title THIS WEEKEND

Six Nations 2018: How Ireland could beat England to title THIS WEEKEND

Ireland now top the standings having won all three of their matches so far, and another victory against Scotland on Saturday would set up a showdown with fellow championship hopefuls England at Twickenham in the final game.

Ireland can't let itself be affected by possible distractions as it did previous year when it lost to Scotland, captain Rory Best said on Friday.

England must match Ireland's result against Scotland in their clash with France in Paris to keep the championship alive until the final weekend, when Eddie Jones' men will host Schmidt's outfit at Twickenham.

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.

"When you think back to Jack Charlton's sides of the early '90s and late '80s, it was littered with talent but they played route one football and hit it up to Niall Quinn and Cascarino and there are a lot of parallels where we look at the Irish [rugby] team now", he said, adding that in both cases, we do enjoy the tangible successes delivered by both.

"Something always goes wrong, and that's the beauty of sport: you've got to be bigger and stronger than that".

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"For anyone that's in the know, [England's defeat to Scotland] wasn't the hugest shock". You've got to be on your A-game if you're going there to win.

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

"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".

"At this stage we've probably made the third most offloads: it's an area where people would love to beat us with a stick, and it's probably overlooked by people that there is some continuity to our play", said Schmidt.

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.