Ireland grind down Scotland to win at Murrayfield

Ireland grind down Scotland to win at Murrayfield

The pressure was on Ireland to deliver a performance of substance following their limp display in the 32-20 defeat to England.

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.

Ireland were fortunate in that a fiery Scotland side failed to translate many of its opportunities into points.

Ireland made an unusually high number of handling errors, several times spilling ball in threatening positions, but they also capitalised clinically on their opponents' mistakes - notably when Conor Murray got the first of their three tries after a mix-up between Tommy Seymour and Sean Maitland. Sexton was well marked otherwise, though.

"So for Johnny to come back and strike round that side of the ruck might be an option".

Ireland failed to deal with the kick-off and then O'Mahony gave away a penalty on their own 5m line, but Finn Russell tapped it quickly and a knock-on ruined the moment.

Scotland picked up where Ireland left off. Former Lions captain Josh Strauss had a massive game on defence, completing 26 tackles to help Scotland rattle Ireland at the collisions.

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But the pre-tournament favorites displayed plenty of the impressive form and toughness that has seen them rise to No. 2 in the rugby world rankings as they eventually got the better of the hosts.

Even with the bonus point on the table, Best pointed to the sticks and Carbery extended his team's lead.

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.

This is Schmidt's last Six Nations in charge of Ireland before he stands down after this year's World Cup in Japan.

No way through for Scotland centre Sam Johnson on a frustrating afternoon against Ireland. Conversions: Johnny Sexton, Joey Carbery.

Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 D'arcy Rae, 19 Ben Toolis, 20 Rob Harley, 21 Ali Price, 22 Pete Horne, 23 Blair Kinghorn.

Injury to Devin Toner sees Quinn Roux coming into the XV while Sean O'Brien and Jack Conan make a comeback replacing Sean O'Brien and CJ Stander respectively.