Six Nations: Ireland secure bonus-point win over Scotland

The Irish will claim the Six Nations crown if England fail to score four tries against France.
The Irish will claim the Six Nations crown if England fail to score four tries against France. Photo credit: Reuters

Record-breaking Ireland set up an all-out assault on the Six Nations Grand Slam by claiming a 28-8 bonus-point win over Scotland in Dublin.          

Jacob Stockdale bagged a brace to become the first Irishman to score six tries in a single campaign in Five and Six Nations history, as Ireland moved within one win of just a third-ever clean sweep.          

Conor Murray and Sean Cronin also crossed to secure the bonus-point victory to help set a new Ireland record with an 11th consecutive victory, their winning run dating back to last term's 13-9 win over England in Dublin.              

Ireland next face England at Twickenham on Saturday, March 17 (local time), where a St Patrick's Day victory would add this group of players to the Grand Slam-winners of 1948 and 2009.  

Scotland showed glimpses of the form that saw them beat England in the previous round of matches, with Blair Kinghorn's try keeping them just about in the hunt, but a lack of accuracy at crucial moments proved costly.             

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