Six Nations: Eire 26-5 Scotland – Irish clinch Triple Crown and hold title race alive

Josh van der Flier scores Ireland's third try against Scotland


Ireland controlled the majority of the contest against a struggling Scotland
Ireland (14) 26
Tries: Sheehan, Healy, Van der Flier, Murray Cons: Sexton 3
Scotland (5) 5
Try: Schoeman

Ireland’s pack starred as they beat Scotland to clinch their first Triple Crown in four years and ensure the race for the Six Nations title will go down to the tournament’s final game.

Andy Farrell’s side will be crowned champions if France do not beat England in Paris on Saturday night.

The victory over Scotland came courtesy of tries from Dan Sheehan, Cian Healy, Josh van der Flier and Conor Murray.

Pierre Schoeman registered Scotland’s only score shortly before half-time.

The defeat ends another disappointing tournament for Gregor Townsend’s side – one that started so brightly with a brilliant win over England – in which they are set for a fourth-placed finish unless England suffer a heavy defeat against France.

Now trailing Ireland by three points in the standings, France know any manner of victory over the…