France stun England - Ireland win Six Nations

Six Nations Round 4 Preview. Ireland v Scotland

The turning point came early in the second half when a high tackle by England full-back Anthony Watson on wing Benjamin Fall as he closed in on the line denied France a certain try, earned Watson a yellow card - and gave Les Bleus a penalty try which put them seven points clear.

The Irish could win the Six Nations on Saturday if they beat Scotland at Lansdowne Road and England can't match the result against France later in Paris.

Gatland said: "We have two games at home and we want to finish the championship well". There are some pretty exhausted bodies there, I think Scotland made 190 tackles and we made 135 - that suggests that there was a fair bit of collision stuff out there, and it was very hard work post-tackle as well.

"It was a great performance for France".

"They are a tough bunch and acquit themselves in tough moments very well". "Ireland are so good in the contact, holding us up, getting over the ball so we've got to be physically ready for them".

Back came Ireland right on halftime.

Scrumhalf Conor Murray wriggled over early in the second half to widen Ireland's advantage, but it was replacement Sean Cronin's try in the 68th minute that could prove a title victor.

The Six Nations has reached boiling point after three rounds of action and has left Ireland in pole position undefeated at the top of the championship and with a Grand Slam beckoning.

"It's been in the back of our minds and it's something you always dream of", Murray said of the possibility of emulating the 1948 and 2009 feats.

New-look Wales take on Italy at home on March 11, which should guarantee a further bonus point before they face France in their final match.

England have previously struggled to lose under Jones; failing to lose any more than single one game.

They were deep into Ireland territory and leading 3-0 through Greig Laidlaw's penalty when they offered the hosts the first of several gifts during the afternoon. A simple pass would have resulted in a Hogg try but Jones made a mess of it and the chance went begging.

However, Scotland's defence coach Matt Taylor insists title talk has not been on the agenda as his team puts their focus on shutting down the twin threats of Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton.

Ireland began the game on the front foot but it took an errant pass from Pete Horne to present Stockdale with the chance to canter over for the game's first try in the 22nd minute.

Schmidt has yet to guide a side to a win in the English capital or claim a Grand Slam while in charge - though he did secure back-to-back title wins in 2014 and 2015.

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