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Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland hands off Danny Care during Ireland's 13-10 defeat at Twickenham

Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland hands off Danny Care during Ireland's 13-10 defeat at Twickenham

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Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll reacts after being defeated by England

Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll reacts after being defeated by England

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Ireland's Paul O'Connell (R) and Brian O'Driscoll react after being defeated by England

Ireland's Paul O'Connell (R) and Brian O'Driscoll react after being defeated by England

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England's Mike Brown

England's Mike Brown

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England's captain Chris Robshaw leads his team off after the RBS 6 Nations match at Twickenham

England's captain Chris Robshaw leads his team off after the RBS 6 Nations match at Twickenham

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Ireland's Rob Kearney looks dejected after the RBS 6 Nations match at Twickenham

Ireland's Rob Kearney looks dejected after the RBS 6 Nations match at Twickenham

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Ireland centre Brian O' Driscoll makes a break during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham

Ireland centre Brian O' Driscoll makes a break during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham

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Jonny May of England goes over to score a try, that is later disallowed for a knock on

Jonny May of England goes over to score a try, that is later disallowed for a knock on

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Ireland prop Cian Healy runs into England players Luther Burrell (l) and Jack Nowell

Ireland prop Cian Healy runs into England players Luther Burrell (l) and Jack Nowell

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England scrum-half Danny Care tries to break through the Ireland defence

England scrum-half Danny Care tries to break through the Ireland defence

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Luther Burrell of England tackles Rory Best

Luther Burrell of England tackles Rory Best

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Mike Brown of England is tackled by Conor Murray

Mike Brown of England is tackled by Conor Murray

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Ireland captain Paul O'Connell (l) is beaten to a lineout ball by Courtney Lawes

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell (l) is beaten to a lineout ball by Courtney Lawes

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Danny Care of England celebrates his try with Luther Burrell

Danny Care of England celebrates his try with Luther Burrell

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England scrum half  Danny Care celebrates after scoring the first England try with Jack Nowell (r) as Jonathan Sexton looks on

England scrum half Danny Care celebrates after scoring the first England try with Jack Nowell (r) as Jonathan Sexton looks on

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Rob Kearney of Ireland celebrates scoring his try with Jonathan Sexton

Rob Kearney of Ireland celebrates scoring his try with Jonathan Sexton

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England scrum half  Danny Care celebrates after scoring the first England try with Billy Twelvetrees (l) and Luther Burrell

England scrum half Danny Care celebrates after scoring the first England try with Billy Twelvetrees (l) and Luther Burrell

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Jonny May of England is tackled by Gordon D'Arcy

Jonny May of England is tackled by Gordon D'Arcy

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Gordon D'Arcy of Ireland tackles Jack Nowell

Gordon D'Arcy of Ireland tackles Jack Nowell

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Gordon D'Arcy of Ireland tackles Jack Nowell

Gordon D'Arcy of Ireland tackles Jack Nowell

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Ireland's Rob Kearney (centre) celebrates scoring  a try with team mates Jonathan Sexton (right) and  Chris Henry (left)

Ireland's Rob Kearney (centre) celebrates scoring a try with team mates Jonathan Sexton (right) and Chris Henry (left)

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England's Billy Vunipola (left) battles for the ball with Ireland's Gordon D'Arcy (right)

England's Billy Vunipola (left) battles for the ball with Ireland's Gordon D'Arcy (right)

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Ireland full-back Rob Kearney scores a try during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham

Ireland full-back Rob Kearney scores a try during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham

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Ireland wing Dave Kearney is tackled by Billy Twelvetrees as Danny Care (l) looks on

Ireland wing Dave Kearney is tackled by Billy Twelvetrees as Danny Care (l) looks on

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Ireland full-back Rob Kearney breaks through to score a try during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham

Ireland full-back Rob Kearney breaks through to score a try during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham

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England scrum half Danny Care scores the winning try

England scrum half Danny Care scores the winning try

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Danny Care of England goes over to score a try

Danny Care of England goes over to score a try

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England scrum half  Danny Care celebrates after scoring the first England try with Billy Twelvetrees (r) and Luther Burrell (2nd right)

England scrum half Danny Care celebrates after scoring the first England try with Billy Twelvetrees (r) and Luther Burrell (2nd right)

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Jonny May of England is tackled by Gordon D'Arcy of Ireland as Dave Kearney looks on

Jonny May of England is tackled by Gordon D'Arcy of Ireland as Dave Kearney looks on

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Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland hands off Danny Care during Ireland's 13-10 defeat at Twickenham

Full-back Mike Brown's "complete package" proved crucial to England denying Ireland a first Triple Crown since 2009 and the chance to chase a Grand Slam, according to visiting head coach Joe Schmidt.

Brown's superlative midfield break set Danny Care away for England's sole try, that helped the hosts overturn a 10-3 deficit and grind to RBS 6 Nations victory at Twickenham on Saturday.

Ireland clawed a second-half lead through Rob Kearney's fine finish, but were unable to hold off Stuart Lancaster's resurgence and dogmatic England to lose 13-10.

Ireland boss Schmidt hailed Harlequins full-back Brown as the Six Nations' form player after two rounds.

The former Leinster coach saw no reason to change that opinion after another match-turning performance from England's last line of defence.

"Mike Brown's goalkeeper save when there was no one behind him in the first half after our kick on, that was probably the defensive highlight, even without anyone having to make a tackle," said Schmidt.

"And then his running in broken field was maybe the difference between the two teams.

"They are the small instances in the game when things break open, and unfortunately for us they broke open for England.

"It was very much a complete package from him today."

Fly-half Johnny Sexton dropped a restart straight into touch after England had slotted a penalty, and that brought the scrum from which the hosts pounced with Care racing in for the try.

Schmidt said that mistake from Sexton did not have any bearing on the try, believing his side should still have shut down England's subsequent attack.

"Mike Brown hit that line really well, and they got away," said Schmidt.

"I wouldn't really focus on the kick-off as much as the scrum defence was good, then from that we didn't get organised well enough.

"Three points, that's ultimately the fine margin that existed.

"We felt we searched pretty long and hard for that three in the last 10 minutes of the match.

"We had a pretty good scrum turnover, and those are the fine margins and we didn't quite get there."

Ireland are among a pack of four that can still claim the Six Nations title, England, Wales and France the other sides to have suffered one defeat in the three rounds so far.

Schmidt said Ireland have no time to dwell on their missed Triple Crown opportunity, or the loss of that Grand Slam tilt.

Instead he has called on his squad to refocus quickly for their Dublin clash against Italy on March 8.

"We've just got to make sure in the next few weeks we put ourselves in the best position to beat Italy," said Schmidt.

"If you take them any less than 100 per cent you saw what happened to Wales.

"They will be devastated by the loss against Scotland, and that makes them that much more formidable.

"One step at a time and unfortunately we tripped up on Saturday."

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