France could now finish as high as second in the Six Nations table if they topple Wales on Saturday and head coach Jacques Brunel was delighted after stitching together successive wins against Italy and England.
England fall to a 22-16 defeat at the hands of France in Paris, a result which sees Ireland claim the Six Nations championship with a game to spare. "It's freakish again because we won it watching a game over which we didn't have any control over but we managed to control enough of the things that we were involved with to get the 19 points on the table that we needed".
"We all make errors but we certainly played some outstanding rugby today and caused a very good side problems", said Townsend.
Scotland's generosity with their final pass saw to it that Ireland's job of setting up a Grand Slam day in Twickenham next week was more easily prosecuted than it might have been.
Ireland won a third Six Nations in five years on Saturday after seeing off Scotland 28-8 at Lansdowne Road.
"We're just going to be reasonably calm about it and go again next week".
"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.
However, it was an ambitious attempted pass from Peter Horne that led to the opening try, with Stockdale making the interception to give himself a clear run for the line.
France beat England 22-16 in Six Nations
The Scots took an early lead thanks to a Greig Laidlaw penalty with Ireland struggling to get any reward for their territory and possession.
Their finishing let them down horribly in a fizzing first-half however, with a woeful final pass from Huw Jones denying Stuart Hogg a cakewalk home.
Turned up, played well and put themselves in a position to win the game was the positive side of an otherwise bad day for Scotland.
Murray, though, was to get his moment of glory as he ducked inside Finn Russell and went over six minutes into the second half - Sexton converting as the Irish eased away to 21-3.
Blair Kinghorn's try did narrow the lead to 21-8 with a well-worked try in the 51st minute, but Ireland were simply more clinical and there was a sense of elation when a lineout move in the corner resulted in Cronin, nearly on his knees, going over.
"Have they earned it?" We probably had four chances, three clean two on one chances and we took one so.to me that's the difference. "They've done everything that you can possibly do", he said of his team.
"Winning Championships is about getting better week on week".
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