Six Nations: Ireland v Scotland: Best hopes Ireland will learn from mistakes

by Leon Thompson Марта 11, 2018, 0:49
Six Nations: Ireland v Scotland: Best hopes Ireland will learn from mistakes

England must win with a bonus point if they want to take the championship to the final day in Twickenham and now, England are leading 6-9 with 10 minutes remaining in the first half.

Conor Murray and Sean Cronin also crossed to secure the bonus-point victory that could even see Joe Schmidt's men claim the Six Nations title with a week to spare.

Barclay, who has a win in Dublin for Scotland, back in 2010 in Croke Park, knows that Scotland await their toughest test in the Six Nations tomorrow, and will suffer for it afterwards.

Ireland will complete the third Grand Slam in their history if they beat England at Twickenham next Saturday.

Replacements: S Cronin for Best 66, J McGrath for Healy 51, A Porter for Furlong 62, I Henderson for Toner 55, J Murphy for O'Mahony 55, K Marmion for Murray 71, J Carbery for Sexton 73, J Larmour for Kearney 75.

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Scrumhalf Conor Murray wriggled over early in the second half to widen Ireland's advantage, but it was replacement Sean Cronin's try in the 68th minute that could prove a title victor.

Scotland kept forcing the play but found the Irish defence solid, and just before the break a poor lineout offered Ireland another chance. The visitors bossed the breakdown turnover battle as predicted too.

Huw Jones proved he is human after all as he failed to find Stuart Hogg with what looked to be a routine scoring pass from the centre, who has barely put a foot wrong in a Scotland jersey this season.

Ireland were knocked out of their stride for periods of the game but were far more ruthless, devouring all of the opportunities that came their way in stark contrast to the opposition. Against the run of play, the Scots took the first points from a Greig Laidlaw penalty. Scotland had its chances but wasn't as accurate, and butchered two tries, probably three. That was Scotland's last gift. From the resulting scrum, Ringrose doubled round Bundee Aki, and Stockdale stepped opposite Kinghorn to score his second try of the match, and a leading sixth in the championship.

In stark contrast, hours earlier in Dublin, three-time champions Ireland maintained their formidable recent record at the Aviva Stadium with a thrilling 37-27 defeat of Wales that has led to more excited talk of only a third-ever clean sweep and a first since 2009.

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