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Saturday 09 February 2019, 9:15am EST

Scotland v Ireland

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  • FT
  • Penalty GoalJoey Carbery
  • Penalty GoalGreig Laidlaw
  • ConversionJoey Carbery
  • TRY!Keith Earls
  • HT
  • ConversionGreig Laidlaw
  • TRY!Sam Johnson
  • ConversionConor Murray
  • TRY!Jacob Stockdale
  • TRY!Conor Murray
  • Penalty GoalGreig Laidlaw
  • KO


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Defenders beaten
Clean breaks
Turnovers conceded
Turnovers won
Missed tackles
Scotland T C P
15 Stuart Hogg 0 0 0
14 Tommy Seymour 0 0 0
13 Huw Jones 0 0 0
12 Sam Johnson 1 0 0
11 Sean Maitland 0 0 0
10 Finn Russell 0 0 0
9 Greig Laidlaw 0 1 2
1 Allan Dell 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 Ryan Wilson 0 0 0
7 Jamie Ritchie 0 0 0
8 Josh Strauss 0 0 0
16 Fraser Brown 0 0 0
17 Jamie Bhatti 0 0 0
18 D'arcy Rae 0 0 0
19 Ben Toolis 0 0 0
20 Rob Harley 0 0 0
21 Ali Price 0 0 0
22 Peter Horne 0 0 0
23 Blair Kinghorn 0 0 0
Ireland T C P
15 Rob Kearney 0 0 0
14 Keith Earls 1 0 0
13 Chris Farrell 0 0 0
12 Bundee Aki 0 0 0
11 Jacob Stockdale 1 0 0
10 Johnny Sexton 0 0 0
9 Conor Murray 1 1 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 Quinn Roux 0 0 0
6 Peter O'Mahony 0 0 0
7 Sean O'Brien 0 0 0
8 Jack Conan 0 0 0
16 Sean Cronin 0 0 0
17 Dave Kilcoyne 0 0 0
18 Andrew Porter 0 0 0
19 Ultan Dillane 0 0 0
20 Josh van der Flier 0 0 0
21 John Cooney 0 0 0
22 Joey Carbery 0 1 1
23 Jordan Larmour 0 0 0


Six Nations

5 Scotland 70 9
3 Ireland 81 14
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  • Thanks for joining our commentary this afternoon. Until next time, goodbye.
  • Ireland are away to Italy in Rome in two weeks time, while Scotland are next in action against France in Paris.
  • Ireland notch their first victory of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations, bouncing back from their defeat to England last week. Tries from Conor Murray, Jacob Stockdale and Keith Earls were enough to secure the win for Joe Schmidt's men. They were solid in their defensive duties, blunting Scotland's attempts to force the issue. A try from Sam Johnson was as good as it got from the home side, who struggled immensely in the second half. It's a step back for Gregor Townsend's team after their comprehensive win over Italy last week. There's work ahead for both teams in their remaining three games of the competition.
  • Ireland are able to dive on a loose ball before the referee blows his whistle for full-time to end the Guinness Six Nations contest.
  • For the second time in the space of a few minutes Ireland lose out at the scrum. A losing bonus point could still be available for the home side.
  • Scotland knock the ball forward, it has been the story of their second half. Ireland will be able to see out the win here.
  • Ireland make a rare mistake from the scrum, allowing Scotland a chance to break into their half. However, time is fast running out for the home side.
  • Murray comes off the field after a solid performance and is replaced by Cooney.
  • The penalty allows Ireland to take further time off the clock. The visitors are closing in on the victory here.
  • Kinghorn collects an offload and tries to slam his way into the line. He takes on the contact, but Ritchie comes in from the side in support and gives away the penalty.
  • It's getting desperate for Scotland now. The visitors are keeping them arm's length and are using the clock to their advantage.
  • On come Larmour and Cronin for Ireland, while Horne is on for the home side.
  • Ireland try to drive down the right flank to take the pace out of the game. However, the home side force the mistake at the breakdown, but they in need of a spark from somewhere to keep their hopes alive.
  • Not for the first time Gray is penalised this afternoon. Scotland cannot afford to lose their discipline now.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY! SCOTLAND 13-22 IRELAND. Ireland restore their two-score cushion as Carbery holds his nerve, firing his kick through the posts with ease.
  • Porter and Dillane are on for the visitors, while Bhatti and Price arrive off the bench for Scotland.
  • Ireland move the ball well around the Scotland 22. The pressure is unrelenting and they eventually in the penalty at the breakdown as Strauss is penalised for not rolling away. Excellent work by the Ireland forwards in the ruck.
  • Brown replaces Johnson at centre for Scotland, while O'Brien makes way for Van der Flier for the visitors.
  • Carbery has settled down in the second half and has stepped up in Sexton's absence. He makes a tough claim under pressure, while Kinghorn at the other end drops the ball outside of his 22. Ireland have a scrum in a threatening position.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY! SCOTLAND 13-19 IRELAND. Laidlaw sends his kick through the posts from the left flank. Another solid effort from the Scotland scrum-half.
  • The home side turn the ball as Farrell is isolated from the resulting scrum. Laidlaw does well and Aki gives away a penalty to stop Scotland from gaining quick possession.
  • Scotland are unable to capitalise on another break through the middle as Nel knocks forward on the deck. Townsend will not be happy with his side's display in the second period.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! SCOTLAND 10-19 IRELAND. Carbery takes the resulting conversion and has no problem putting his kick through the posts. Ireland have a two-score lead now.
  • Try
    TRY! SCOTLAND 10-17 IRELAND. Carbery makes a move and finds space in the Scotland line, breaking between two tackles. He surges forward into space before offloading to the right flank for Earls. His pass is perfect and allows the winger to collect before touching down under the posts.
  • Kearney makes another surge from deep and takes the ball into the Scotland half. Although he doesn't have the pace of old, the full-back has the experience to find the gap in the line.
  • A forward pass from Russell towards Harley halts another Scotland attack. Neither side have been able to string a series of phases together in the second half.
  • The sloppy start to the half continues for both teams. Ireland are unable to make the penalty count as they are turned over at the breakdown as Healy loses possession.
  • Scotland knock the ball on in an attacking surge and Strauss is the guilty party. From the resulting scrum, Kearney breaks through the line and makes good headway into the Scotland half before losing the ball. However, the referee goes back for an Ireland penalty.
  • McInally makes the crucial play for Scotland, driving back Earls and forcing the mistake at the breakdown. Excellent work from the hooker.
  • Ireland win the lineout and begin to drive the ball at the Scotland defence. The volume inside Murrayfield rises to spur on the rearguard.
  • Kearney makes a surge over the gain line for the visitors, latching on to an offload from Carbery. However, he knocks on trying to offload towards Farrell, but play is brought back for an Ireland penalty anyway. Scotland have to hold firm here.
  • Gray loses his discipline at the breakdown and allows Ireland to clear their lines with a penalty. Scotland had moved the ball into a promising position. They cannot afford to waste those openings.
  • In a tight contest one mistake could make all the difference this afternoon. Both teams have to keep their discipline.
  • Carbery cannot gather a loose ball and it almost falls for Jones, but he slices his kick and a green shirt is able to fall on it.
  • Still no Sexton for Ireland as Carbery gets the second half of this Guinness Six Nations clash back underway.
  • Scotland had a real opening before the break to put themselves in front heading into the break. The home side have played well with ball in hand, but have not been clinical enough inside Ireland's 10-metre line. Gregor Townsend will be pleased with their exploits, but will be demanding a stronger effort to get the win. Joe Schmidt will be concerned with Sexton's injury, but pleased with his team's performance on the counter and their defensive strength at the back.
  • An eventful first half comes to an end with Ireland leading Scotland 12-10 at the break. The visitors have been on the back foot for most of the opening period, but two breakaway tries from Conor Murray and Jacob Stockdale have given them the slight advantage at Murrayfield. Murray capitalised on a mistake from Stuart Hogg at the back before the Scotland full-back was forced off due to injury. Stockdale worked an opening with Jonny Sexton and Peter O'Mahony to charge through the middle and score. However, Sexton was forced off with a blood injury and his replacement Joey Carbery made an error to allow the home side back in the game. Finn Russell made the break before Sam Johnson touched down. The contest is wide open for both teams.
  • Carbery kicks into touch to end the first half.
  • The referee spots a knock-on at the ruck and Ireland can breathe again, taking their advantage into the break.
  • Scotland work the ball outside to the back and quick hands between Jones and Seymour almost releases the latter in space, but the final pass is just behind the winger, allowing Ireland to close and force the mistake.
  • Scotland are up to 15 phases and are hammering away at the breakdown with their forwards. A green wall is keeping them at bay.
  • Scotland work the ball from right to left, probing for weaknesses in the Ireland defensive line. The visitors are holding firm for now.
  • McInally throws the ball into the line, and although an Irish hand gets there first, it almost works perfectly for the home side. The ball strikes the flag in the corner and Best has to down the ball over his own tryline before his opposite number. It will be a Scotland scrum five metres out.
  • Earls is forced into his defensive duties once again, carrying the ball out of touch five metres out. Scotland are generating huge amount of pressure on the Ireland line at the moment.
  • A tale of two wingers as Seymour does brilliantly to catch the ball inches of the deck. Scotland recycle possession before Russell sends a up and under over the top. Earls makes the catch, but then slices his kick into touch.
  • Jones kicks over the top and goes himself, but Kearney is well placed to gather ahead of the Scotland centre before running into contact.
  • Both sides are playing tough rugby at the breakdown and it's forcing mistakes in possesssion.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! SCOTLAND 10-12 IRELAND. Laidlaw has a difficult kick from the right flank, but he brings his team within two points with a fine effort, clipping his strike through the posts.
  • Try
    TRY! SCOTLAND 8-12 IRELAND. The home side are back in the game as Johnson touches down. Russell was the architect with a brilliant interception and run into space. The fly-half anticipated an offload from Carbery and made the grab ahead of the intended green shirt. He ran all the way to the five-metre line before being tackled from Earls. However, on the deck Russell somehow gets his pass off to Johnson, who collects and scores.
  • Scotland win the lineout and are able to mount a solid defence before Laidlaw puts his boot through the ball to clear.
  • Ireland win another scrum and display their power by retaining possession with ease. They are able to break into the Scotland half before O'Mahony launches a grubber kick down the left sideline that travels out just as it enters the 22.
  • Kinghorn has made a difference since his arrival from the bench. He makes another break through the Ireland defence, taking tacklers with him.
  • The official has a look to see about the grounding for Johnson's potential score, although the decision is simple as a forward pass earlier in the move from the centre is spotted. Ireland will have the ball inside their own half.
  • A knock-on allows Scotland to counter out of nowhere. Kinghorn makes another charge over the gain line before a kick from Laidlaw releases Seymour. He tries to offload in time down the flank for Johnson, but he doesn't get the ball down in time before it rolls out.
  • Ireland gather the resulting lineout and there's almost space for Murray to charge down the left flank before he gets forced inside. The visitors try to build a solid phase of play through the middle.
  • A concern for Ireland now as Sexton is forced off with a blood injury. Carbery replaces him after the fly-half took several big hits.
  • Ireland are solid in the scrum and win the penalty that will allow them to completely clear their lines through Sexton's boot.
  • The home side try to catch out Ireland's defence with a quickly taken penalty, faking the kick into touch. However, a knock-on from Berghan brings the attack to an end, although there's still work to do for the visitors from the resulting scrum.
  • Scotland gather the restart and immediately hit back at the visitors. Kinghorn collects and charges over the gain line. Ireland flood bodies into the ruck and concede a penalty five metres out.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! SCOTLAND 3-12 IRELAND. No problem for Murray on this occasion, who takes over kicking duties, as he sends his effort through the posts.
  • Try
    TRY! SCOTLAND 3-10 IRELAND. What a try from Stockdale. Two reverse passes from O'Mahony and Sexton release the winger straight through the middle of the Scotland defence. Stockdale surges through the line and does not stop until he touches the ball down underneath the posts. Scotland were caught out there by the pace of the Ireland winger.
  • A concern for Scotland as Hogg is forced off with an injury. Kinghorn replaces him.
  • Scotland clear their lines into touch, but the pressure is back on immediately as O'Mahony makes an excellent grab from Best's throw. 
  • Another bit of loose play allows Sexton to make a simple interception in the line. He offloads towards Farrell before the centre kicks downfield to send Ireland into the home side's 22.
  • Scotland are in danger of losing their composure after the Ireland try. McInally sends a lineout in from the left flank, but the home side are unable to gather. Best dives on the loose ball and the visitors are on the attack at midfield.
  • MISS! Sexton fails to add the conversion from close range with a terrible hack wide of the posts. That could be costly later.
  • Try
    TRY! SCOTLAND 3-5 IRELAND. Ireland are ahead out of nowhere. A simple kick forward from Stockdale is not gathered cleanly by Hogg at the back. It bounces favourably for Murray on the charge and he collects before diving over the line unchallenged. All too easy for the visitors.
  • O'Brien loses the ball for Ireland in contact and Scotland attempt to bring the ball back downfield. However, Ireland quickly regain possession and are back at midfield.
  • Jones knocks on from the restart and it hands Ireland a scrum to put the home side under a spell of pressure.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY! SCOTLAND 3-0 IRELAND. Laidlaw has a simple kick underneath the posts and he slots his effort through to hand his team the lead.
  • Scotland move the ball from left to right, but cannot find the penetration. However, a handling error in the ruck from the visitors, hands Townsend's men the penalty. This time they will for for the kick between the posts.
  • McInally sends the ball into the line and Wilson gathers for the hosts. The drive is on five metres out.
  • An aggressive move from Scotland as Russell puts the ball into touch rather than go for the three points.
  • Wilson is caught by a high tackle from Sexton and the referee plays the advantage. However, the home side are unable to capitalise, losing possession on the right flank.
  • Russell breaks over the gain line and charges into the Ireland 22 with a driving run. Ireland are creaking at the back in the early stages.
  • A kick forward from Russell puts Kearney under pressure at the back and the full-back can only watch the ball roll out in the Ireland 22.
  • The home side come out with ball in hand and put pressure on the Irish line at midfield as Strauss knocks his potential tackler backwards to accrue more yards. 
  • We're underway at Murrayfield to start week two of the Guinness Six Nations.
  • Scotland have won three of the past four meetings at Murrayfield, including 27-22 in the most recent encounter in Edinburgh.
  • Ireland have made five changes from their loss to England last week. Kearney gets the nod to start at full-back in place of the injured Robbie Henshaw. Farrell, Roux, Conan and O'Brien also come into the side, with CJ Stander, Garry Ringrose and Devin Toner missing out, while Josh van der Flier drops to the bench.
  • Despite scoring a hat-trick last week, Kinghorn is replaced in favour of Maitland on the wing, who returns after recovering from injury. Willem Nel is out with a calf injury, while Sam Skinner is absent with an ankle problem. Berghan and Strauss get the starts in the pack, while Gray replaces Toolis in the second row.
  • Replacements: Sean Cronin, Dave Kilcoyne, Andrew Porter, Ultan Dillane, Josh van der Flier, John Cooney, Joey Carbery, Jordan Larmour.
  • IRELAND: Rob Kearney, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong, James Ryan, Quinn Roux, Peter O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien, Jack Conan. 
  • Replacements: Fraser Brown, Jamie Bhatti, D’arcy Rae, Ben Toolis, Rob Harley, Ali Price, Peter Horne, Blair Kinghorn.
  • SCOTLAND: Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Huw Jones, Sam Johnson, Sean Maitland, Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw; Allan Dell, Stuart McInally, Simon Berghan, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, Ryan Wilson, Jamie Ritchie, Josh Strauss.
  • Ireland suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of England last week as the reigning champions were stunned by the performance of the Red Rose. A score in the dying seconds from John Cooney limited the damage, although it was a humbling experience for Joe Schmidt's side. They will be looking for a response to get off the mark in the competition today.
  • Scotland kicked off their Guinness Six Nations campaign with a victory over Italy last week. Blair Kinghorn scored a hat-trick for Gregor Townsend's men to guide them to a comfortable win. Late defensive lapses allowed the Italians to score three tries in the final 10 minutes and Townsend will know that his side need a complete performance to defeat Ireland this afternoon.
  • Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Guinness Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield.

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