Ireland is going for the Grand Slam.
Hemorrhaging penalties at a debilitating rate and failing to make any meaningful impression on the home defence, their rule over Europe ended meekly with the Six Nations trophy that is destined for Dublin sat on the sidelines.
RTE have awarded man of the match to Rob Kearney - although there was A LOT of love for Jacob Stockdale - and above all else, it was two teams enjoying the game, and playing with nothing but respect for each other.
"We meet Ireland next year in the Six Nations and we play them in 18 months in the World Cup and we have to make sure we are a better team the next two times we play them".
England need to win the match to remain in contention to win a third straight Six Nations title, while France are merely looking for a morale boost after a hard two years that has seen them win only a third of their matches. However, the throw-in wasn't caught.
The Scots should have hit back with a try after a lovely run by Huw Jones outfoxed Earls but his pass to Stuart Hogg, who was free inside the 22, was a woeful one and the chance went begging.
Ireland will be wary of their visit to Twickenham, especially as it was they who denied England the grand slam last season in identical circumstances.
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From the resulting scrum, Ringrose doubled round Aki, and Stockdale stepped opposite Kinghorn to score his second try of the match, and a leading sixth in the championship.
Ulster flyer Stockdale went over twice, however, the second on the stroke of halftime as Ireland went in 14-3 ahead. At 21-3, Ireland was cruising.But Scotland didn't think it was over.
But Barclay is confident the Scots can bring the same intensity they showed in beating England 25-13 last time out at Murrayfield. Jones was beside him and Kinghorn further out but Horne threw to the wrong man - Kinghorn - and over the sideline. That was Scotland's last gift.Ireland went all out for the fourth try. We've looked back on away wins when we have managed it.
Scotland captain John Barclay conceded a penalty in his half but Sexton, again, kicked for touch rather than the posts. "They've done everything that you can possibly do", he said of his team.
"Ireland are an excellent side", said the Scottish coach.
Elliot Daly landed a super 53-metre penalty but soon after Nathan Hughes had to be carried from the pitch after taking a blow to a heavily-strapped left knee, before Maxime Machenaud and Farrell exchanged penalties.