France beat England 22-16 in Six Nations

Blair Kinghorn's try did narrow the lead to 21-8 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.

It was nowhere near the depths of Cardiff but Scotland's sorry away record in the Six Nations continued in Dublin yesterday as they were eventually beaten comfortably by superior Ireland side.

Record-breaking Ireland set up an all-out assault on the Six Nations Grand Slam by claiming a 28-8 bonus-point win over Scotland in Dublin.

Munster centre Chris Farrell - man of the match against Wales - has joined the likes of Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne on the sidelines after being ruled out for the remainder of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered in training last week.

Replacements: S Cronin for Best 66, J McGrath for Healy 51, A Porter for Furlong 62, I Henderson for Toner 55, J Murphy for O'Mahony 55, K Marmion for Murray 71, J Carbery for Sexton 73, J Larmour for Kearney 75.

Select your combined Ireland-Scotland XV ahead of their Six Nations meeting in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Glasgow's Lee Jones is promoted to the bench, meanwhile.

Back came Ireland right on halftime. "It's taken a lot of hard work to get to this point".

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 bonus-point fourth try came with 11 minutes to go, when hooker Sean Cronin, only three minutes after replacing Best, dived over from the back of a rolling maul.

Scotland: S Hogg; B Kinghorn, H Jones, P Horne, S Maitland; F Russell, G Laidlaw; G Reid, S McInally, S Berghan; G Gilchrist, J Gray; J Barclay (capt), H Watson, R Wilson.

Heeding their latest reprieve, Ireland stole a Scotland lineout to storm clear.

"We were delighted with the result against England and backing up our win against France with an improved performance", said the former Glasgow Warriors coach.

"We've a lot of big leaders", Best said.

Scotland captain John Barclay conceded a penalty in his half but Sexton, again, kicked for touch rather than the posts.

They didn't have to wait long as the Scots were driven back early on and Murray scrambled over from short range, Sexton converted and it was now a mountainous 18-point lead.

"We must make sure we don't let any distractions catch us", Best said after the captain's run at Lansdowne Road on Friday.

"It's just a tough period for us".