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Ireland still on for Six Nations title after epic battle

NewsBy Eamon Dillon
Sean O'Brien and Jonathan Sexton acknowledge the applause from the crowd
Sean O'Brien and Jonathan Sexton acknowledge the applause from the crowd

IRISH rugby fans are turning blue this afternoon, first after choking on Wales’ stunning win in Rome and now backing France to deny England.

It was a roller-coaster ride of emotions as hopes to retain the Six Nations championship ebbed and flowed.

When Wales hammered Italy early on it looked as if Ireland’s victory dreams were completely crushed needing a 21 points win over Scotland.

But then Ireland hit the ground running and soon had celebrating Welsh fans crying into their beers.

The proud Scots had no intention of rolling over and every time Ireland looked as if they were on track the Scots knocked them right back off again.

Good maths skills were needed to keep track of where Ireland would finish up in the table and it was always touch and go.

Four of the six nations went into the final round of games still in contention for the Championship before Wales first put Italy to the sword in Rome.

Ireland kept firm grip on the trophy with a 40-10 win over Scotland, leaving England needing to win by 27 points against France.