Conor Murray: We won't underestimate wounded England

Ireland prop Cian Healy

Seven of the 23-man squad on duty against Scotland last Saturday were between the ages of 11 and 14 when Ireland were last crowned Grand Slam champions - that's quite a legacy.

"It was a bit of a weird feeling on Saturday, watching the England game and knowing we had effectively won it, and just by people's reactions... obviously we said "well done" to each other, but there's something more that we want, and that's going to be our focus this week", he said.

Scotland has lost 17 of its last 19 away games in the Six Nations (W2), however its two victories in that run both came in Rome.

Ireland top the table with 19 points from four games after securing a 28-8 bonus-point victory over Scotland earlier on Saturday, meaning they can not be caught by England when the two teams meet at Twickenham next weekend.

"We can't expect club teams to play worldwide rugby, just as we can't expect to play club rugby".

But scrumhalf Conor Murray warns that Ireland need to step up another level if they are to break England's dominant home record at Twickenham to earn the first Slam since 2009 and just the third in Irish rugby history. It's the flip of what happened a year ago (against England in Dublin) and we know what England's motivation is going to be.

Further Ireland tries from Bundee Aki, Dan Leavy, Cian Healy and a last-minute Stockdale intercept score secured a critical bonus-point win.

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"For us, it's still a job for us that we've got to do next week".

"I still think they're a really, really good side that can be very risky".

"There's kids like that who need to understand what Johnny (Sexton) said, they need to understand that this doesn't happen very often".

It was hardly surprising that at times during Ireland's 28-8 win over Scotland in Dublin, the centre pairing of Bundee Aki and Garry Ringrose failed to get their moves right.

It's the first time since August 2015, just before the Rugby World Cup, that Ireland have been second in the rankings.

Schmidt became Ireland's national coach in 2013 and has coached them to victories over all the top teams in the world, including the All Blacks in Chicago in 2016. Nevertheless, he has seen enough of the New Zealand native to know that he demands the very best from each player he selects.

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