James Lowe is confident Ireland will get the job done on Saturday – and hopes England can follow suit
James Lowe thinks Ireland can do the job against Scotland and prays England will do the same against France.
If England fail in their task in Paris, Ireland will still claim their first Triple Crown success since 2018 if they overcome Scotland at the Aviva Stadium.
But if both results go through, Ireland can party late on Saturday night to celebrate a first Six Nations title since 2018.
“Hopefully so, that’s the plan,” Lowe said. “We will do our job, I hope they will do theirs.
“Who knows what could happen? The beast France is at home, it’s going to be a tough feat.
“But England are licking their wounds, they won’t go half armed.
“If they can do the job there, fair play. We couldn’t do it. And then that opens the door for us.
“We’ll see how it goes anyway.”
A home win would give Lowe his first silverware at Test level.
“I would love to bring my family, but unfortunately it’s a bit difficult at the moment,” said the Leinster winger.
“I’m hoping to tour New Zealand (in July) so they can see me play there.
“But my fiancée’s mother is gone so they will be there to support and there is a possibility of winning a trophy on Irish soil.
“Apparently we don’t do that often – you win away Grand Slams, away trophies – that’s something we’re obviously very excited for.
“But the challenge is Scotland, the challenge is not about the trophy. We know what we have to do and we are going to treat it like another test match.”
Before turning his attention to the Scots, Ireland boss Andy Farrell and his players had to delve into a review of Saturday’s victory over England at 14.
For Lowe, it was a first victory in three attempts against the Red Rose in London.
“Yeah, that was great,” said the 27-year-old.
“We knew what we had to do to get in position because who knows what will happen next week. We did it.”
Lowe’s first try put Ireland on course after England were down to 14 men in the second minute.
But it was only in the last 10 minutes that the visitors put an end to the competition.
“It was a brilliant start in a tough environment and then we got under pressure,” Lowe conceded.
“We gave them a few piggybacks on the pitch, it felt like we kept them in the game.
“It’s because of them, they seized their opportunities. It was like we were playing the whole game of rugby and it was 15-all and it was like, ‘how did that happen?’.
“But it’s a test match at Twickenham and they’re a fantastic team. We were happy to finally get them out.”
Lowe joked: “Our captain (Johnny Sexton) is 40, Pete (O’Mahony) also in his late thirties – you have experience coming off the bench at (Conor) Murray.
“We had four Lions on the bench, so there’s no need to panic when you know these boys are coming.
“We knew if we stuck to what we knew and played early in space, we could put them under pressure. We came away with the points we needed.”
The analysis that followed focused on how Ireland’s scrum suffered badly, spitting out six penalties and allowing England through to the game.
“Man, the scrums,” Lowe sighed. “Man, I’m telling you, they cheat all the time so I don’t know what’s going on in there!
“But look, that’s part of rugby. Man, we’ve got to get it right if we’re really going to compete. I think we’ve definitely got the front row to do that.
“The scrum is just part of that. Around the pitch, the boys are playing exceptionally well.
“We created a lot of chances. We also wasted a lot of chances, me too. We just weren’t clinical enough to execute.
“I’m quite frustrated with some things that have happened and we’ll go back to the drawing board.”
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