Six Nations 2019: Ireland grinds down Scotland to win at Murrayfield

first_img Six Nations 2019: Iain Balshaw expects more misery for ‘complacent’ France Ireland hit back following its defeat to England with a 22-13 victory over Scotland in a pulsating Six Nations showdown at Murrayfield on Saturday.The defending champions were bullied by Eddie Jones’ side in Dublin last time out but responded impressively to deny Scotland a record-equaling eighth consecutive home victory in the tournament, despite losing Johnny Sexton to an injury in the first half. – Ireland has now won its last three away games in the Six Nations, last achieving the same feat in 2010-2011.- Scotland has failed to score a second-half try in nine of its last 11 Six Nations games against Ireland, including each of the last seven Six Nations encounters at Murrayfield.- Stockdale has eight tries in just seven Six Nations matches for Ireland — only six Irish players have more in the Championships since 2000.- Ireland’s Rob Kearney has become the third player to reach 100 defenders beaten in the history of the Six Nations (Brian O’Driscoll 163, George North 105).WHAT’S NEXT?Scotland opens the third round of fixtures when it faces France in Paris following a week of rest for all the teams, while Ireland rounds out the weekend by taking on Italy in Rome. Joe Schmidt’s men were not to be denied a fifth win in Six Nations matches against Scotland, though, with Joey Carbery — standing in for the talismanic Sexton at fly-half — laying on a try for Keith Earls and also scoring five points with the boot.Laidlaw added another penalty midway through the second half, but that was all Scotland was able to muster after the break as it failed to build on an opening win over Italy.#GuinnessSixNationsFULL TIME: Scotland 13-22 IRELAND#TeamOfUs #SCOvIRE #ShoulderToShoulder— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) February 9, 2019INCONSISTENCY HAUNTS SCOTLAND AGAINScotland had been challenged to prove it is the real deal and the men showed their quality going forward in the first half, but lacked momentum following the interval. Too many handling errors crept in as Ireland used its experiences to put the squeeze on.CARBERY SHOWS STRENGTH IN DEPTHIreland was already without a host of key men before Sexton became their latest casualty. Carbery proved to be a more than able replacement, though, showing his class to glide through before putting a try on a plate for Earls. He was also reliable with his kicking game too, making sure his side remained out of reach.OPTA FACTScenter_img Six Nations 2019: Devin Toner to miss rest of tournament after ankle surgery Conor Murray capitalized on a mix-up between Tommy Seymour and Sean Maitland to score the opening try after Greig Laidlaw put Gregor Townsend’s side in front, while Jacob Stockdale added a second for the visitors.Stuart Hogg went off with a shoulder injury in an open first half, yet a first international score from Sam Johnson — converted by Laidlaw — reduced the deficit to 12-10 at the break. Related Newslast_img