Farrell 'wary' of Scotland's Triple Crown hopes

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell thinks Scotland pose a serious danger to Ireland's chances of winning the Six Nations title as they to break a 34-year Triple Crown drought.

The defending champions will hold onto their title on Saturday night if they can either avoid losing to the Scots or earn two bonus points for losing.

The visitors, who have the slimmest chance of winning the championship, will be itching to get back to full strength in Dublin following their humiliation at the hands of Italy the previous weekend.

“They’ve been consistent at beating big teams over the years and playing a brand of rugby that’s been great for everyone to see,” Farrell said.

“When you’re disappointed, all you want is an opportunity where there’s a trophy on the line.

“And I know that as far as the Triple Crown is concerned, they’ve not won that for some time now and that makes them dangerous in our view. We’ve got to be ready for them to be as good as they’ve ever been against us.”

“We’ve been lucky enough over the last few years to get on the right side of victory against Scotland,” said Farrell. “But they’ve been tough, tough battles and hard-fought games, and you’ve got to be on point to make sure you continue in that manner.”