Ireland win back-to-back Six Nations titles with narrow win over valiant Scotland

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Ireland retained their Six Nations title with a gritty 17-13 win over Scotland at Lansdowne Road in Dublin on Saturday, March 16.

Tries by Dan Sheehan and Andrew Porter got the Irish over the line as the hosts were thwarted time and again by a magnificent Scottish defence.

The title -- in winning two in a row they emulate Joe Schmidt's Ireland side of 2014-2015 -- is some consolation for missing out on historic Six Nations Grand Slams after being beaten by England last weekend.

Peter O'Mahony has yet to discuss whether he remains captain and the 34-year-old veteran was in tears at the national anthems, receiving a sympathetic pat on the head from Munster teammate Tadhg Beirne.

However, he was grinning from ear to ear once the trophy was in the bag.

"I don't know. If it was my last one, it was a pretty good one," he said.

"Thankfully we went out and did it against a good team. We showed grit, ambition with the ball, and I thought we played some good rugby.

"We spoke about getting stuck in, and put a lot of work in their legs. I thought the 10 minutes after half-time was really impressive."

Head coach Andy Farrell could not have been prouder of his side.

"It was a war of attrition," the 48-year-old Englishman said.

"I feel really proud of the players," he said.

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