Rob Kearney returns to Ireland line-up for encounter against Scotland

Virginia Santiago
February 10, 2019

The result was all that mattered, but getting it with Joey Carbery running the show for nearly an hour was an added bonus.

Conor Murray was the beneficiary of confusion in the Scottish defense as he scored the first try of the game, crossing the whitewash after Sean Maitland was unable to get hold of Tommy Seymour's pass.

Handling errors cost us, but the referee doesn't seem to like us.

But Ireland can move on to Italy in round three knowing they have massive room to improve.

Joe Schmidt has hit back at critics of his tactics by insisting Ireland boast a "very varied game" despite their comprehensive Guinness Six Nations loss to England. They might have to change their tactics if they end up chasing the game because we're far enough ahead.

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All they could muster was 10 poor phases that ended with a mix-up between Johnny Sexton and Jacob Stockdale.

The hosts also had to deal with injury set backs of their own as Stuart Hogg was forced off early.

And the visiting side extended their lead with a cleverly worked old favourite of Joe Schmidt. His pass intended for Aki was picked off by Finn Russell, who raced 40 metres nearly to within touching distance of the goal line before being hauled down by Keith Earls. "And there's no better man to get it in his hands than Jacob".

He says Schmidt's Ireland have lacked that dynamic in order to put points on their opposition.

"But if we can put a lot of pressure on them in the first 20, that changes their mindset". "We won't really deviate from that, but we've got to be smart about the times when we play".

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Yet they kept playing and after Kearney had made a surge up the left, Carbery made the most of a loose pass from O'Brien to slip through Dell and Harley's attempted tackle and race clear.

The last time Scotland claimed the Six Nations title Bill Clinton was US President and the millennium bug was a threat. Carbery's conversion ensured that Ireland extended their lead to nine points.

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.

"If it comes in like it's meant to, it's hard", Laidlaw admitted.

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