Ireland beat Scotland 22-13 yesterday in the Scottish capital Edinburgh in a game where both sides will believe they could have performed better.
Ireland will gladly accept the win against a side who, before this match, hadn’t lost at home in the Six Nations for just over three years, with their last defeat being a 15-9 loss to England in February 2016.
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend spoke about accuracy before the match, so he’ll have been disappointed with winger Tommy Seymour and Sean Maitland in the run-up to Ireland’s first try.
Seymour threw a poor pass at Maitland, who then parried the ball into Conor Murray’s path for the first try of the match.
It was Ireland’s grit and ruthlessness that carried them through this match, coupled with Scotland’s inconsistency.
The Irish battled bravely during the match, and it was clear to see that Scotland were going in hard on Joe Schmidt’s side, especially on fly-half Johnny Sexton, who was on the receiving end of a number of heavy tackles often following through after the ball had been released.
Sexton, unfortunately, went off injured in the first half.
Ireland head coach Schmidt refused to criticise Scotland’s tactics, however, and admitted that Sexton had to go off after failing a head injury assessment.
“I think we just muscled our way through it. We restricted them to an intercept try and it was a massive defensive effort.
"Johnny Sexton got a bit of treatment out there and he got a stamp on the head but he is feeling ok now, we don’t think it’s going to be anything long term and we expect him to bounce back in the next couple of weeks.”
Schmidt was also quick to compliment the Scotland side.
"Scotland are a good team who play in a really positive manner."
It wasn't the same mood in the Scottish camp after the game, however, and Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw made his feelings about match referee Romain Poite very, very clear.
Controversial comments from the Scot, and comments that could come back to bite him in the shape of a fine or ban if he's not careful.
Ireland travel to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome for their next Six Nations match against Italy, whilst Scotland travel Paris to take on France.News Now - Sport News