Ireland grind down Scotland to win at Murrayfield

Ruben Hill
February 11, 2019

Scotland remain ahead of Ireland in the table but with trips to Paris and Twickenham to come, grounds at which they last won in the Five Nations era, Townsend does not see his side as title contenders. "We knew that if we lost we would be dead and buried because teams do not come back from two opening defeats, but we need to be more fluid and play more rugby". We're going to give it all we've got to finish as high as we can.

"Frustration is the right word", he said, when asked for his thoughts on the Ireland game. We weren't accurate enough.

"It's not anger, it's: 'Why did we have such a good first half and then we didn't play the same way in the second?"

"When you come up just short against one of the best teams in the world, it's tough". We could've scored a couple more tries. They restricted Scotland to an interception try and conjured two of their own, the second coming from Schmidt's set-piece playbook that saw Jonathan Sexton, in virtually the fly-half's final act before leaving the field with ankle and head injuries, committing the defence and freeing the wing Jacob Stockdale on halfway.

Was involved in the Scottish defensive error that lead to Murray's try.

The defending champions were bullied by Eddie Jones' side in Dublin last time out but responded impressively to deny Scotland a record-equalling eighth consecutive home victory in the tournament, despite losing Johnny Sexton to injury in the first half.

"The first half [against Ireland] showed how good we can be". Three slip-ups cost us.

"We just didn't kick on in the second half, it was pretty flat for both teams, the energy dropped, we were disappointed with the execution, that's on my head as a coach". Whenever we got into their half we struggled to keep hold of the ball.

Carberry started very shakily, a loose pass easily intercepted and allowing Scotland to charge forward, popping the ball back on the Try line to give Sam Johnson an easy try. "Once you make one mistake you make another and it's a snowball effect", the pivot added.

"We should be able to fix those mistakes in France".

'I think we have alot of belief about what we're doing, ' Ireland captain Rory Best said after the game.

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