It was a dream day for Ireland in the Six Nations, as a dogged effort saw off Wales in the Aviva Stadium, and they even picked up a bonus point in the 37-27 triumph.
Meanwhile, England fell to a shock loss at Murrayfield, and the dream ‘Grand Slam decider’ in Twickenham on St Patrick’s Day is no more.
However, Joe Schmidt and Co. won’t be losing too much sleep over that tonight. They sit on top of the Six Nations table with a comfortable gap.
Three wins and two bonus points leave Ireland five points clear of England, and six clear of Scotland. With those two teams remaining in their schedule, a lot could change in the coming weeks.
This is how the table looks right now:
We do know that England can reach a maximum of 19 points, should they record bonus point wins over France and Ireland. Meanwhile, Scotland can hit 18 points with bonus point wins over Ireland and England.
Things are looking a lot rosier for Ireland, and they could have the championship wrapped up before the trip to Twickenham on the final weekend. There are several permutations which would allow this, with wins for Ireland and France in round four the most likely.
Nonetheless, in the minds of the Irish changing room, not much will have changed. Getting five wins was the goal before today, and it remains very much the goal.