Johnny Sexton assisted England “doing some real damage” against France in pursuit of a Grand Slam and assisted Ireland in its quest for Guinness Six Nations glory.
ndy Farrell’s men kept themselves in the title scramble to advance to the final round of the championship thanks to a vibrant 32-15 bonus point win at Twickenham.
Victory over Scotland next weekend in Dublin will secure the Triple Crown but Ireland’s dream of topping the final standings depends on England avoiding defeat to Les Bleus in Paris.
Ireland captain Sexton has great confidence that Eddie Jones’ men – who played most of Saturday’s game, a man who fell behind Charlie Ewels’ red card after just 82 seconds – can help them a great benefit.
“I think England have a big chance to win next week, like they always do, because England are England, they are one of the most dominant teams in world rugby,” half-fly said.
“They were in the World Cup final just a few years ago, they were building a new team and they themselves had some big performances in the last six, seven months, beating South Africa and Australia in September. 11.
“England is a very good team and we have great respect for them.
“We may not have put in the performance we wanted throughout the game but I think we showed glimpses of that.
“And I think Britain can go and do some real damage to France next week.”
Ireland got an early boost in south-west London when Ewels was sacked following direct contact with James Ryan.
The efforts of James Lowe and Hugo Keenan gave the visitors the lead at half-time but left England impressively behind to take the lead 15-15 after an hour had passed thanks to five penalties. by Marcus Smith.
In an atmosphere of chaos, Ireland made a mistake that eventually caused their numerical advantage to count in the final 10 minutes as substitutes Jack Conan and Finlay Bealham’s scores sent them through to the second round. points against the top team France.
Sexton admits there is a lot to learn from a stuttering performance but insists the team has turned its attention to facing Scotland.
“There’s a lot we’re going to get rid of and we’re just going to build next week right now,” said the 36-year-old, who picked up 12 points at Twickenham.
“We have a chance to win the Triple Crown at home, in Aviva. We very rarely get the chance to play something in Aviva in front of a home audience. Usually when we’re away from home.
“In the dressing room, we are very focused on what lies ahead.
“Obviously we look back to learn but it’s been a big game this week and I think the focus has changed.”
Sexton was pictured in conversation with No 10 opponent Smith following Ireland’s crucial weekend win.
When asked about the exchange, he replied: “It’s my first time playing against him, so I just congratulate him on controlling the game really well against 14 men and say good luck. good luck next week and I hope that he wins.
“He’s a great player and he has a huge career ahead of him.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/johnny-sexton-backs-england-to-do-some-real-damage-in-france-six-nations-clash-41441475.html Johnny Sexton backs UK ‘doing some real damage’ in France Six Nations clash