|Six International locations Championship|
|Scotland (10) 13|
|Strive: Johnson Con: Laidlaw Pens: Laidlaw 2|
|Ireland (12) 22|
|Tries: Murray, Stockdale, Earls Cons: Murray, Carbery Pen: Carbery|
Ireland recovered from opening-day defeat by England to beat Scotland in a Six International locations thriller at Murrayfield.
The Colossal Slam champions were within the wait on of early on to a Greig Laidlaw penalty but tries from Conor Murray and Jacob Stockdale establish the guests ahead.
Sam Johnson went over for the hosts to narrow the outlet to 2 aspects on the damage as the Scots piled on strain.
However Keith Earls scored after the hosts’ defence turn out to be exploited factual quick of the hour to inspire the Irish to victory.
Gregor Townsend’s Scotland saw loads of the ball and perceived to deal correctly with losing chubby-wait on Stuart Hogg to break midway thru the main half.
However they might maybe possibly also just now not construct on their victory over Italy in round one, with Joey Carbery, a blood change for Johnny Sexton, handing over an celebrated performance for Joe Schmidt’s aspect as their hosts might maybe possibly maybe also now not reel them in slack on.
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‘It turn out to be eternally thunderous’
We knew it turn out to be going to be attritional – and it turn out to be. We hoped it turn out to be going to an narrative – and it turn out to be that, too. It turn out to be eternally thunderous and eternally charming. Scotland looking out to put themselves making an strive to win the Six International locations championship for the main time against Ireland who were staying alive in defence of their title. Magnificent.
When Laidlaw establish over a penalty to launch the scoring it turn out to be the least the Scots deserved for an explosive origin. When Ireland answered with a strive from Murray it turn out to be a fetch that came against the stir of play.
And it turn out to be hellish for the house aspect, a self-inflicted harm after Stockdale’s kick ahead sparked extraordinary confusion between Tommy Seymour and Sean Maitland. Seymour gathered it and threw a pass to his fellow cruise that turn out to be too excessive and too gross. Maitland obtained a hand to it but no extra. When it went loose Murray pounced and scored.
Sexton uncared for a straightforward conversion, the main illustration, in all probability, that the bodily pounding he’d been taking turn out to be having an impact. Sexton did now not stumble on himself accessible.
Sooner than the main quarter turn out to be over, Ireland had two mountainous moments. On the origin Hogg, a menace within the early exchanges, went off injured. Blair Kinghorn, the hat-trick hero of final week, came on for him. Subsequent, they scored their second strive.
Peter O’Mahony and Sexton worked a scissors play that establish Stockdale away and the young cruise had no bother executing it from there. Murray added the conversion and Ireland had a sharp 12-3 lead.
Scotland pretty noteworthy owned it for the the rest of the half. Finn Russell orchestrated things splendidly, his vary of passing pretty, his tactical kicking pin-interesting. He turn out to be a joy. Within the physicality stakes, Scotland had some hardy boys to plod toe-to-toe with Ireland’s gigantic men.
All of the house pack obtained on top of their reverse numbers for a spell and Scotland had possibilities. Josh Strauss, Jamie Ritchie and their switched-on brothers were large. Sexton, battered and bruised, left the self-discipline after 24 minutes and quickly the Scots were wait on in it.
But again, it turn out to be Russell who sparked it. He turn out to be unruffled a mile from the Irish posts when intercepting Carbery and haring down self-discipline. For a second it regarded treasure he might maybe possibly maybe also plod the entire manner but Earls covered brilliantly and hauled him down. Russell stayed within the second whereas on the flooring, deciding on out Johnson’s artful stir. Johnson went over and Laidlaw transformed and the outlet lowered to 2.
‘Scotland had possibilities – and didn’t prefer them’
Scotland had extra possibilities – and didn’t prefer them. Greater than 70% of the main half turn out to be played down Ireland’s halt of the pitch and the Scots might maybe possibly maybe now not bust the Irish defence. Factual sooner than the halt of the half they were camped on Ireland’s 5-metre line for minutes on halt, going thru 25 phases and stretching Ireland almost to brink, but now not quite.
You wondered then how main that second might maybe possibly maybe also point to on the halt – and wondered once extra after Ireland obtained their third strive factual sooner than the hour. Map shut Kearney equipped the main thrust, then Carbery made amends for his earlier blunder by going thru Allan Dell and Map shut Harley and screamed away sooner than flinging the strive-making pass to Earls.
Carbery’s conversion pushed the lead out to 9, Laidlaw’s penalty brought it wait on to six but a penalty of his contain from the Irish soar-half made it 9 all all over again.
The ferocity turn out to be uninterrupted, the take care of rely on each and every sides stratospheric. Even with 10 minutes left to play, Scotland had made and unbelievable 225 tackles and Ireland had 149. Dell, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Grey, Ritchie and Strauss were within the mid-to-excessive 20s. Ireland’s particular person numbers weren’t as look-popping, but they were made to work treasure demons for the entire lot they obtained.
They closed out the prefer, Scotland’s pursuit of a losing bonus point crashing when that they had an attacking line-out stolen from them, their third error out of touch. Ireland’s defensive intensity snuffed them out. Joe Schmidt will seemingly be a relieved man. His counterpart, Gregor Townsend, will seemingly be deeply frustrated at uncared for likelihood and a uncared for opportunity.