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Saturday 10 March 2018, 9:15am EST

Ireland v Scotland

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  • FT
  • ConversionJohnny Sexton
  • TRY!Sean Cronin
  • TRY!Blair Kinghorn
  • ConversionJohnny Sexton
  • TRY!Conor Murray
  • HT
  • ConversionJohnny Sexton
  • TRY!Jacob Stockdale
  • ConversionJohnny Sexton
  • TRY!Jacob Stockdale
  • Penalty GoalGreig Laidlaw
  • KO


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Clean breaks
Turnovers conceded
Turnovers won
Missed tackles
Ireland T C P
15 Rob Kearney 0 0 0
14 Keith Earls 0 0 0
13 Garry Ringrose 0 0 0
12 Bundee Aki 0 0 0
11 Jacob Stockdale 2 0 0
10 Johnny Sexton 0 4 0
9 Conor Murray 1 0 0
1 Cian Healy 0 0 0
2 Rory Best 0 0 0
3 Tadhg Furlong 0 0 0
4 James Ryan 0 0 0
5 Devin Toner 0 0 0
6 Peter O'Mahony 0 0 0
7 Dan Leavy 0 0 0
8 CJ Stander 0 0 0
16 Sean Cronin 1 0 0
17 Jack McGrath 0 0 0
18 Andrew Porter 0 0 0
19 Iain Henderson 0 0 0
20 Jordi Murphy 0 0 0
21 Kieran Marmion 0 0 0
22 Joey Carbery 0 0 0
23 Jordan Larmour 0 0 0
Scotland T C P
15 Stuart Hogg 0 0 0
14 Blair Kinghorn 1 0 0
13 Huw Jones 0 0 0
12 Peter Horne 0 0 0
11 Sean Maitland 0 0 0
10 Finn Russell 0 0 0
9 Greig Laidlaw 0 0 1
1 Gordon Reid 0 0 0
2 Stuart McInally 0 0 0
3 Simon Berghan 0 0 0
4 Grant Gilchrist 0 0 0
5 Jonny Gray 0 0 0
6 John Barclay 0 0 0
7 Hamish Watson 0 0 0
8 Ryan Wilson 0 0 0
16 Fraser Brown 0 0 0
17 Jamie Bhatti 0 0 0
18 WP Nel 0 0 0
19 Tim Swinson 0 0 0
20 David Denton 0 0 0
21 Ali Price 0 0 0
22 Nick Grigg 0 0 0
23 Lee Jones 0 0 0


Six Nations

1 Ireland 81 26
3 Scotland 70 13
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  • All eyes are on England now; the pressure is upon them in France as they face an uphill battle to retain the NatWest 6 Nations crown. A full five points will take them back to touching distance and a final showdown at Twickenham on St Patrick's Day; any other result and Ireland get their first Championship since 2015. Until then however, thank you for joining us - and have a good weekend!
  • Scotland are stuck in midfield - and then it's a forward pass from Gilchrist to end their attack and the game! The referee blows for full-time; Ireland have triumphed 28-8 in Dublin and are one win away from a Grand Slam in the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations! They take the full five points on offer to set a massive task for England to catch them - and have one hand on the Championship already thanks to tries from Jacob Stockdale, Conor Murray and Sean Cronin. Joe Schmidt's men are on the verge of history; full-time at the Aviva Stadium, it finishes Ireland 28-8 Scotland.
  • Scotland come up with the ball through Russell after eleven phases and a quick penalty tap guides them upfield as they now look for a late consolation try of their own.
  • A final Ireland scrum, 25m out from the Scottish line gives Carbery and Stander a platform to make a charge for a late closing score.
  • A scrum to Ireland now just inside their own half after Scotland fluff the ball at the ruck.
  • Another Scottish attack fizzles out as, going down the right wing, Hogg's offload finds only Aki.
  • Scotland knock on reaching for the tryline through Brown now and Ireland hold firm as Jordan Larmour comes on for Kearney.
  • CJ Stander is now penalised for lifting in the maul, 10m away from his own line as Scotland look to pick up a late score. Sexton is off for Ireland and Joey Carbery is his replacement whilst Horne makes way for Nick Grigg.
  • Penalty to Scotland as McGrath is deemed to have collapsed the scrum. Kieran Marmion replaces Murray and Tim Swinson is on for Gray.
  • Scotland's short kick-off doesn't come off and Ireland get the scrum on halfway. The hosts now have a 10-point lead in the Championship table; England will have to win with a bonus point in France later on if they want to keep their hopes of a title alive.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Ireland 28-8 Scotland. Sexton adds two more points to give his side a lead of 20 - and now Ireland have one hand on the NatWest 6 Nations title and a potential Grand Slam to boot.
  • Try
    TRY: Ireland 26-8 Scotland. And they get it! Ireland make it an almost definite five point win as Cronin dives over from the back of the maul, unmarked by defenders. Surely that is the game for the hosts.
  • Now Ringrose busts the tackle by Jones going through the middle a few phases after the line-out - and then Barclay concedes a penalty for failing to clear the breakdown. Sexton puts it into touch; Ireland are hunting the bonus point.
  • Jones tries to smuggle himself out down the right channel; Ringrose reads his moves however and hauls the Scotland man into touch. Ali Price is on for Laidlaw.
  • Scotland's drop-out is less than stellar but the return box kick by Sexton is picked out by Jonny Gray with a wonderful take to keep the pressure off for the moment.
  • Sexton hooks it wide to the left! Scotland remain under two converted scores behind. Best is off for the hosts; Sean Cronin takes his place.
  • Penalty to Ireland again as Denton fails to clear the breakdown and this time, Sexton will go for goal in an attempt to shore up the scoreline.
  • Sexton fails to find touch but Maitland's clearing kick simply tees up a fresh Ireland attack from 35m out, led by Porter and Henderson.
  • Furlong now departs for Ireland; Andrew Porter takes his place as Scotland win their penalty line-out on halfway and look push forward - only for Bhatti to concede a penalty for tackling a home player without the ball.
  • Murray somehow comes up with the ball after Scotland manage to turn the scrum and create chaos around the ruck; but three phases later, Scotland get the penalty after Ringrose is turned over by Brown with the line begging.
  • Scotland manage to hold Kearney up over the line; Ireland will have the attacking scrum five metres away on their right. A change for the visitors before they pack down; Fraser Brown replaces McInally at hooker.
  • Ringrose is almost through on the right but goes to ground with a great tackle from Maitland. Ireland are 10m away from the try-line now as they go through the phases.
  • A line-out to Ireland on halfway as Kinghorn hammers his return from Sexton's kick out to take the pressure off the Scotland back-line.
  • Penalty from the scrum for Ireland as Scotland's tighthead prop - Nel - goes to ground.
  • Changes for both sides ahead of the scrum now; Iain Henderson and Jordi Murphy are on for Ireland, replacing Toner and O'Mahony, whilst Jamie Bhatti and Willem Nel replace Reid and Berghan for Scotland.
  • That could have been a second try in three minutes for Scotland - but Horne's pass on the back of a wonderful break in his own half is lobbed over the head of Jones and Kinghorn again is a shade behind the throw. The visitors have blown too many of those today.
  • Healy is off for the hosts; Jack McGrath is on in Ireland's first change.
  • Try
    TRY: Ireland 21-8 Scotland. Kinghorn gets in at the right corner! The visitors set up a rugby league style attack from the base of the scrum and deliver a smart, crisp overlap through Hogg out wide to put the Edinburgh winger in. Laidlaw misses the kick but Scotland have their first points since that early penalty.
  • Hogg blows a chance for Scotland! The visitors get penalty advantage from the line-out after Ireland collapse the maul and they press their advantage, heading wide to the right - but the fullback's last pass is thrown way ahead of Kinghorn who can only watch it float in front of him. They'll come back for a scrum, just in front of the sticks.
  • Scotland get a penalty to take the pressure off in their own half and Hogg's kick finds touch five metres away from the Ireland try-line.
  • Ryan pinches a Scottish line-out from under the nose of Gilchrist and Ireland are off again downfield with a spring in their step as they go hunting that fourth try.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Ireland 21-3 Scotland. Sexton hooks it between the sticks from out wide on the left and Scotland have an 18-point deficit to overcome.
  • Try
    TRY: Ireland 19-3 Scotland. Murray with the third try for the hosts! The scrum-half snipes in from the back of the maul five metres out on the left and drags himself over between Horne and Russell with the help of Aki. Ireland are one more try off the bonus point that could win them the NatWest 6 Nations, depending on results later today.
  • Now Denton gives away a penalty to Ireland for coming off the feet. It's the sixth penalty Scotland have conceded; all from the breakdown on the ground so far.
  • Kearney and Aki combine to force a turnover on Horne only 20m away from the Scottish line on the back of their line-out; the hosts get the attacking scrum in a promising position.
  • Smart play from Kinghorn sees him chase a Russell chip down the right wing and he almost skirts away from O'Mahony; the Ireland man does enough to bring him down and then earn a penalty too as he keeps the Edinburgh player from releasing.
  • We're back underway in Dublin; can Scotland strike first to spark a comeback or will Ireland wrap up another win on the road to a Grand Slam?
  • A second score for Jacob Stockdale on the stroke of half-time gives Ireland a cushion to take into the final 40 minutes but Scotland are very much still in this game. A sitter of a chance blown by a Huw Jones pass could have restored their lead after Ireland got their first; instead, they trail by 11 in Dublin. Half-time at the Aviva Stadium in this NatWest 6 Nations encounter, it's Ireland 14-3 Scotland,
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Ireland 14-3 Scotland. It's a tough kick from the touchline but Sexton curls it in near the left post beautifully. The referee blows for half-time; Ireland head in at the break with a 14-3 lead in this NatWest 6 Nations clash with Scotland.
  • Try
    TRY: Ireland 12-3 Scotland. It's a second for Stockdale! Aki and Ringrose play a series of wraparound passes from the scrum to the left and put the winger in, who outmuscles Kinghorn to cut inside. What a score for Ireland and what a time to get it.
  • And what a move it is from the hosts! Ringrose cuts open the Scottish defence and Kearney nips back inside with his pass from the wing, held up shy at the end of the 50m break. Aki tries to get over on the next phase but is held up over the line; attacking scrum to Ireland 5m out as the clock ticks over.
  • This has been a wonderful defensive game so far, played at a brilliant pace. Ireland get a penalty advantage after the line-out and look to press downfield from halfway.
  • Scotland make good distance downfield, before a low Barclay pass is bobbled under pressure by Berghan 15m out from the Irish try-line. Kinghorn has passed his HIA and is back on the pitch for the visitors.
  • Now a knock-on by James Ryan as Murray's pass drops low in front of the lock just inside his own half. Scrum to Scotland.
  • Hogg and Horne try to burrow their way through on the left wing as Scotland rack up the phases - only to then lose the ball to Earls as he picks the pocket of a loose play by Jones.
  • Scrum to Scotland on halfway now as Earls runs into Murray accidentally and creates an obstruction.
  • The hosts get a let-off; pinned on their own line, they are awarded a penalty for Berghan slowing the ball down.
  • A neat Horne kick pins Ireland back five metres away from their try-line in their back-right corner for a defensive line-out.
  • Another HIA for Scotland now; Lee Jones has replaced Blair Kinghorn as the latter goes off to be checked. Ryan Wilson will not return today either; Denton is on for good in his place.
  • What a chance that was for Scotland! Huw Jones, a superstar in Murrayfield two weeks ago, gathers a wonderful chip of his own to skirt around the Irish defence and leave him with only Kearney to beat - but his pass inside to Hogg is leaden, landing in front of the full-back with empty field ahead of him. That should have been seven points in the bag.
  • Top work from Hamish Watson as he manages to turn over the Ireland attacker - Tahdg Furlong - near his own line and earn the penalty. Hogg puts it long - but fails to find touch and Ireland return with a box kick.
  • Garry Ringrose looks set to make Scotland pay, romping off on a ghosting run through the defence from the scrum - but Kinghorn is able to get there and reclaim the ball from the follow-up kick.
  • Ireland get the scrum as Scotland, making promising in-roads with a swift attack from the restart, put the ball forward through a wayward Russell pass just inside the home side's half.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Ireland 7-3 Scotland. Sexton makes no mistakes from bang in front and increases the Irish lead to four points.
  • Try
    TRY: Ireland 5-3 Scotland. An interception try for Jacob Stockdale! Peter Horne's pass out to the wing, on the back of a great Hogg-Kinghorn combo gets Scotland over halfway, is picked out of the air by the Ulster man who goes 50m to pop the ball down under the sticks for his 10th try in nine Tests. Ireland hit the front.
  • Sexton's follow-up two phases later is less than great however and Maitland is able to gobble up the ball on the wing.
  • What a chip from Sexton! The fly-half puts a cheeky little kick over the Scottish back-line on halfway and scoots through to collect before offloading to Murray, sparking a scrambling defensive effort to bring the Ireland man down.
  • David Denton is on for Wilson as the latter leaves for a HIA.
  • Fantastic effort in defence from Ireland earns them the penalty as Dan Leavy manages to stop Gilchrist from releasing, 10m out in front of goal. The game is briefly stopped however for Wilson to get treatment for a head injury.
  • Some wonderful work from Blair Kinghorn gives a platform for Ryan Wilson to make a half-break down the right wing, and Scotland subsequently pepper the Irish defence with drives from Simon Berghan and Grant Gilchrist. 
  • The hosts try to counter, swiftly bringing it across the field from right to left looking for Jacob Stockdale; instead, the last pass goes behind the winger and Scotland have the line-out 30m away from the Irish line.
  • A wonderful spiral kick from Hogg 10m away from his own line goes long - and makes great distance, beating Earls and pining Ireland in their own half with a defensive line-out.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Ireland 0-3 Scotland. Laidlaw gets the three points and, after withstanding that early pressure, Scotland take the lead in Dublin.
  • Penalty to Scotland now as Earls is held back 20m from his own line after a handling snafu and the winger fails to get the ball out. Greig Laidlaw will go for goal out on that left side.
  • A sense of relief for Scotland as a great effort in defence from Stuart McInally manages to earn the turnover penalty by covering the ball. The visitors put it to touch and get the line-out just inside the opposition half.
  • Returning a Russell box-kick, Kearney puts it high and Hogg knocks on, unable to take, with Ireland bringing the advantage back into the Scottish half.
  • Scrum to Scotland now, 20m out from their own line as Ireland's return, on the back of a Cian Healy drive, is flicked forward by Sexton's hands.
  • Sexton opts not to, instead drilling the ball into touch on the left near the try-line; but Peter O'Mahony can't claim the line-out from Rory Best and Scotland are able to clear the maul of danger.
  • Penalty advantage to Ireland now and Jonathan Sexton puts a chip to the corner for Earls; the fullback can't quite take it in and the hosts will get the chance to go for three.
  • An exchange of kicks between Stuart Hogg and Rob Kearney leads to a double knock-on near the Scottish line; Ireland get the head-and-feed 20m away in a promising position.
  • Ireland earn a scrum now after they manage to force an error at the maul from Scotland and the two sides pack down just inside the visitors' half on the right for the first time today. Conor Murray pokes a kick down the wing from the base and Sean Maitland manages to regather before the scrum-half can cause too much damage.
  • We're underway in Dublin as Ireland look to put one hand on the Championship in this NatWest 6 Nations clash against Scotland! It's the visitors who kick the game off, with Bundee Aki returning early for the hosts; Keith Earls calls a great mark a moment later and collects Finn Russell's high kick to earn a return effort and line-out.
  • The teams are out for the national anthems at the Aviva Stadium and we're moments away from kick-off...
  • For Ireland, Jacob Stockdale offers one of their most potent threats; he has scored eight tries in just seven Tests, including four in this year’s Championship. One more today and he’ll tie the record for most touchdowns by an Irish player in a single campaign, matching Brian O’Driscoll in 2000 and Tommy Bowe in 2012.
  • Both sides have their dangermen today; for Scotland, it’s Huw Jones, who has scored 10 tries in 14 Tests for Scotland, including eight in his last eight matches. He is the only player to average more than 10 metres per carry too of the 63 players who can match his total of 18 in this year’s Championship.
  • Ireland are the only side to make over 500 carries in this year’s Championship, with 527; a total of 140 more than Scotland so far. Unsurprisingly, Schmidt’s men have averaged the longest time in possession of any team too, with 23 minutes 32 seconds per match.
  • Five of the last six meetings between the pair in the Championship have been won by the home side on the day, a stat that will bring no additional comfort to Scotland. Since their sole away win in the Championship against Ireland – a 23-20 victory at Croke Park in 2010 – they have lost 16 of 18 away games, only able to overcome Italy on two occasions, in 2014 and 2016.
  • The visitors won the last encounter between these two sides, a 27-22 nail-biter at Murrayfield in to open the 2017 Championship; but Scotland have never won consecutive games against Ireland since the turn of the century, having lost 14 of their 18 encounters. In addition, the hosts are unbeaten in 13 home Championship games and 10 Test matches; their longest streak for both.
  • Replacements: Fraser Brown, Jamie Bhatti, Willem Nel, Tim Swinson, David Denton, Ali Price, Nick Grigg, Lee Jones
  • Scotland XV: Stuart Hogg, Blair Kinghorn, Huw Jones, Pete Horne, Sean Maitland, Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw; Gordon Reid, Stuart McInally, Simon Berghan, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, John Barclay (c), Hamish Watson, Ryan Wilson
  • Replacements: Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Andrew Porter, Iain Henderson, Jordi Murphy, Kieran Marmion, Joey Carbery, Jordan Larmour
  • Ireland XV: Rob Kearney, Keith Earls, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best (c), Tadhg Furlong, James Ryan, Devin Toner, Peter O'Mahony, Dan Leavy, CJ Stander
  • Team news now, with both sides making enforced changes due to injury for this match; Ireland bring in Gary Ringrose to replace Chris Farrell, out with knee ligament damage, whilst Scotland winger Blair Kinghorn takes the place of Tommy Seymour who is suffering from a back problem. In addition, Tadhg Furlong returns for the hosts after overcoming an injury of his own; Andrew Porter drops to the bench in his stead.
  • Multiple permutations are on the table for Ireland and England today who sit on 14 and 9 points respectively; if the former win or win with an additional bonus point, the latter have to match their result to keep their own hopes alive. An Ireland loss would be the most desired result for Eddie Jones’ men – but even in defeat, an Irish bonus point would make England’s match with France a must-win to stay in the hunt. A loss for both? That would open the door for Scotland, a point and a place behind England with eight in third.
  • Hello and welcome, from around the world, to live coverage of the penultimate weekend of the NatWest 6 Nations as Ireland host Scotland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Joe Schmidt’s men will keep their Grand Slam hopes alive if they prevail against the Caledonian opponents – and, if results go their way later today, they could be crowned champions by the time tonight rolls around. Gregor Townsend’s men are unlikely to roll over after a famous Calcutta Cup win against England last time out; can they shatter Irish dreams to keep their own chances of a first Championship since their coach helped them to the title in 1999?

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