11/02/2019

Six Nations: Ireland Back On Winning Path After Victory Over Scotland

Defending champions Ireland have claimed their first win of the 2019 Six Nations with a 22-13 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield.

Recovering from their opening-day defeat to England, the Grand Slam champions were behind early on Saturday after a Greig Laidlaw penalty, but tries from Conor Murray and Jacob Stockdale put the visitors back in front.

As the Scots piled on the pressure, Sam Johnson narrowed the gap to two points at the break, but Keith Earls scored and inspired the Irish to victory.

Gregor Townsend's Scotland saw plenty of the ball and appeared to cope well with losing full-back Stuart Hogg to injury during the first half, but they could not build on their victory over Italy in round one.

Johnny Sexton suffered a nasty-looking facial injury during the tense match, leaving Munster fly-half Carbery to pilot Ireland home.

Joe Schmidt can now breathe a sigh of relief and prepare for Ireland's third round of the Championship on Sunday 24 February when they tackle Italy.



(JG/CM)

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