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Schmidt's men's delight after day of drama

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Sean O'Brien and Jonathan Sexton acknowledge the applause from the crowd
Sean O'Brien and Jonathan Sexton acknowledge the applause from the crowd

The Shamrock had more sting than the Thistle. But how close it came to being a wonderful day for the Red Rose at the end of a pulsating sequence of Six Nations games.

Joe Schmidt’s team did everything asked of them as they pummelled Scotland at Murrayfield by 30 points.

Yet as they trooped off the pitch, there had to be a nagging fear  that England, by bagging a big win in the last match of the tournament, would rob Ireland of the glory – and how close they came.

Ireland’s rugby players gave everything. Paul O’Connell got an early try to mark his 101st international cap while Sean O’Brien’s brace of scores saw him voted the Man of the Match.

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