Ireland grind down Scotland to win at Murrayfield

Ireland grind down Scotland to win at Murrayfield

The New Zealand-born flyhalf - who moved to Munster a year ago after being an understudy to Sexton at Leinster - made a nervy start with his pass being intercepted leading to Scotland's try at the end of the first-half. We felt like we were really on top of Ireland and causing them problems with our attack. They got one more chance at the death from a scrum just inside the Scottish half, but they couldn't make it count. A game of rugby is a lot of things: it's the defence battle, the contact battle, the kicking game and the pressure we put on Ireland's kicks and what we do with kick-return ball.

"That pass release for Jacob's try was flawless, the guy maybe could have got to Jacob if not for that intent in trying to get to Johnny".

Johnny Sexton, who missed an easy kick early on, was replaced by Joey Carberry after a prolonged blood substitution. Finn Russell read the play well to intercept Carbery's pass and race towards the line.

Ireland finished the half strongly though, to ensure that they went to the break with the lead. The hosts repelled wave after wave of Irish attack and eventually forced a turnover.

"It was disappointing: he chipped ahead and got sandwiched between two players".

Maitland - who has four Heineken Champions Cup tries from five appearances this season - will form a familiar back three with Glasgow Warriors wing Tommy Seymour and full-back Stuart Hogg, with the trio combining for the 18th time for Scotland. Carbery's conversion ensured that Ireland extended their lead to nine points.

Scotland narrowed the gap thanks to a Laidlaw penalty.

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"They will look to keep the ball for longer periods of time and put pressure on Scotland when they have the ball".

The win sees Ireland move to fourth in the Six Nations standings, before travelling to face Italy in two weeks. We want to be better. Conversion: Greig Laidlaw. Penalty: Laidlaw (2).

Farrell is partnered by Bundee Aki, while Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton have been named at 9 and 10, respectively.

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

Replacements: 16. Fraser Brown, 17.

Ireland lost number eight CJ Stander, lock Devin Toner and centre Garry Ringrose to injuries sustained in the 32-20 defeat and added Robbie Henshaw to the list on Thursday after he failed to recover from a dead leg and train properly this week. Ultan Dillane, 20. Josh van der Flier, 21.

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