Six Nations: Ireland earn hard-fought 22-13 victory over Scotland

Postado Fevereiro 11, 2019

We launched off a line-out in the second half and Sean O'Brien reached the ball, ' explained Laidlaw.

Now with trips to Paris and Twickenham - two venues in which the Dark Blues have never managed an away win during the Six Nations era - sandwiching Wales' visit to Edinburgh, Russell knows his side could be facing another Championship of frustration if they suffer again at the Stade de France in a fortnight's time.

But old failings still surface.

Scotland will meet Ireland in their opening Rugby World Cup Pool A game in Yokohama, Japan on September 22, with the victor in that fixture likely to top the group and avoid a possible quarter-final with defending champions New Zealand.

Ireland would always punish such sloppiness more ruthlessly and Japan's coaching team will have noticed how decisively they capitalized on Scotland's lack of discipline and accuracy in the second half.

"There was definitely a rise in temperature, an increase in energy", said Schmidt.

Scotland had shown so many positive attributes in the first half, despite a awful mix-up between their wings Tommy Seymour and Sean Maitland that gifted the first try to Conor Murray.

They could also be without their talismanic fullback Stuart Hogg, who had to be replaced in the 16th minute after suffering a shoulder injury in the lead up to the second Irish try.

Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton was forced off after being struck by a series of big hits, the heaviest in the build-up to their second try.

The visitors took 54 minutes to score their first try, when winger Josh Adams touched down, having shown a little too much respect to the home side in the first half when starting flyhalf Dan Biggar kicked four penalties.

Everyone waited to see if the theory that Ireland are overly reliant on the 2018 world player of the year would be proved correct.

Scotland will have the opportunity for revenge on September 22 when the two sides meet again in the opening round of the World Cup in Japan.

But a key period just before half-time saw Ireland heroically and desperately hold off a Scottish attack that lasted 25 phases.

"We got a lot of our attacking game into play as well as really good decisions, really good work-rate off the ball, which meant we were finding space and the first half". Russell asked. "What changed?" "These are the situations you love to be in when you're on the back foot and you have to come out fighting".

With Scotland back in the game at 10-12, the second half was delicately poised and both teams went into the dressing room still on optimistic of a win.