Rugby: Irish destiny rests on Twickenham triumph.
EDDIE O' SULLIVAN admits Ireland are in charge of their own destiny after defeating Scotland moved them to within one victory of RBS Six Nations Championship glory.
Now Brian O'Driscoll and co travel to Twickenham hoping to land their first championship title since 1985 and O'Sullivan is also eyeing a second Triple Crown in three years.
"We're in the situation we wanted to be in at this point," said the Ireland head coach.
"We said after beating Wales we were very happy but this result has put us in the position to win and that's why nothing mattered until the final whistle yesterday.
"We're still in charge of our own destiny. We go to Twickenham with a Triple Crown there for the taking as well. That's a nice place to be after four games in the championship.
"We feel like we achieved something in beating a very good Scotland team. Now we will circle the wagons and start setting our sights on Twickenham."
Scotland have taken massive strides since Frank Hadden replaced Matt Williams in April last year but their short-comings were exposed.
They arrived in Dublin with monumental victories over England and France in the bank, but their Six Nations form away from Murrayfield has been disastrous in recent seasons.
The encounter may not have been the dazzling championship farewell scripted for Lansdowne Road, which begins redevelopment next year, but winning by any means was far more important nostalgia.
Munster fly-half Ronan O'Gara booted all Ireland's points in difficult conditions with heavy rain dampening ambitions to extend their attacking game in the second half.
It was ugly but effective with the game-plan of grinding a gutsy Scotland outfit into the turf.
SUMMARY: RBS Six Nations: Ireland (12) 15 Scotland (9) 9 Ireland: Pens: O'Gara 5. Scotland: Pens: Paterson 3.
England captain Martin Corry (right) and his team-mates watch a penalty go over during yesterday's defeat' Joe Worsley can't get past the French cover' Martin Corry tries to block Damien Traille's clearance
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Mar 13, 2006|
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