Schmidt proud of superb Ireland

18 March 2018 20:44:06 GMTPlus11

Joe Schmidt admitted he felt a mixture of pride and relief after his Ireland side had beaten England and completed an impressive Grand Slam.

Schmidt has now guided Ireland to three Six Nations titles in five attempts after their 25-15 triumph at Twickenham.

Ireland scored three tries in the first half to lead 21-5 at the break and, despite a spirited England response in the second half, Schmidt's side always appeared to be in control of the contest.

The ebullient Ireland coach said after the match: "There's more relief than anything else, there always is in these moments because you're willing it to happen so much, you're wanting players to go out and deliver what they are capable of.

"There's a mixture of pride as well. It was mentioned about the defence, the first eight minutes after half-time, you're up 21-5, you know that you can't let them get a score early in the second half. I thought the defence there was immense.

"We had to fight our way out of the 22, they laid siege to our 22 during that period of time. There was a heck of a lot of character shown."

Ireland are 1.80 to win the 2019 Six Nations outright, while England can be backed at 4.33, Wales at 5.50 and France at 15.00.

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