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    12 Mar 2017     Getty Images

The only things resting on next week's last round when England take on Ireland, a game that had been regarded as a likely final before the competition started, is whether England can win to complete a clean sweep and whether they can break the All Blacks' record, which they now share, of 18 consecutive Test victories.

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Jones said after the Scotland win: "The exciting thing for us is that we're only just starting. We're one year into a four-year project and we're going to get better and better."

He added that his players had worked hard to learn new ways.

"When you're a professional player it's always hard to learn new things and they've been very open-minded," he said.

Jonathan Joseph scored a hat-trick of tries while Danny Care scored two, and Anthony Watson and Billy Vunipola also crossed while Owen Farrell landed 26 points with his boot.

"We started well and generally our intensity in the game was pretty good and it was the sort of performance we needed to have today because Scotland were a confident team and came down here with high expectations and we needed to play well.

"Today we got a chance to play rugby and I was really pleased with their efforts. Next week is about the grand slam and we are going to focus very closely on that," he said.

Ireland had the worst possible preparation for that contest when going to Cardiff and losing 9-22 to a fired up home team that had already lost to England and Scotland.

Home wing George North scored two tries and Jamie Roberts scored one.

Wales coach Rob Howley said he was delighted the side had produced an 80-minute performance.

"They have outscored one of the best sides in world rugby three tries to nil and kept them out defensively.

"They deserve a lot of credit for what's happened over the last couple of weeks [since losing to Scotland]. They haven't got the results in the previous two games but tonight they deserve everything they get.

"There was a lot of quality rugby out there from both teams and they should be applauded. From our point of view we dug deep when we needed to without the ball and we were clinical when we needed to be without the ball."

In the last game of the round France finally won away from home, their first win since 2015, when beating Italy in Rome 40-18. They also managed a bonus point, albeit in the 78th minute of the game.