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Johnny Sexton vs Scotland .

Almost everyone missed Johnny Sexton's piece of art in Ireland 28-8 Scotland

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The Grand Slam is well and truly on.

Ireland could be Six Nations champions tonight depending on how England fare against France, but they will still have one eye on next weekend's showdown at Twickenham.

With a quarter of Saturday's game against Scotland, it looked as if they were going to be tested as they trailed to a Greig Laidlaw penalty and failed to cut Scotland open.

However, that was before tries from Jacob Stockdale (2), Conor Murray, and replacement Sean Cronin cancelled out Blair Kinghorn's consolation and ensured Ireland earned a bonus point.

Johnny Sexton scored all four conversions to help his side to a 28-8 win in Dublin.

The Leinster star was typically instrumental, just as Joe Schmidt had warned he would be.

When the Ireland coach was asked this week if he was concerned about his number 10's kicking, he responded, per the Times:

“Concerned? No. Super confident, yes.

"He is a world-class kicker, so I don't think he was a million miles away. What happened against Wales [his misses] can happen to anyone on any given day and the real class kickers like Leigh Halfpenny and Johnny suffer it once in a blue moon."

Sexton's wonderful kick and chase 

And while Sexton missed one penalty, he also demonstrated his kicking in another sense with a lovely chip.

Not everyone will have noticed it at the time, especially as it ultimately didn't lead to anything concrete, but the 32-year-old glided through Scotland with a wonderful kick and chase, before following it all up with a superb off-load:

It bounced kindly, but even so - very nice from Sexton.

Murray was on hand for the catch and Bundee Aki then continued Ireland's march.

It took the Boys in Green a little while to find their rhythm at the Aviva, but once they did, they ruthlessly dispatched a Scotland side who initially looked like they were capable of building on their Calcutta Cup success.

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