Whatever was the trigger for that England performance in Dublin six days ago, it was hardly a game of darts, much as Henry Slade might have indicated. But it probably helped.
In the tight Six Nations turnaround from Saturday to Saturday, finding the extra 5% is massive. Ireland will have had a maximum of two full sessions this week before their departure to Edinburgh.
The opportunities to iron all the creases from Saturday to Saturday are limited. In such scenarios, the enjoyable distractions can have a disproportionate effect and influence, particularly coming off a loss.
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