Sexton supremacy now under threat from Scotland's Russell

Sexton supremacy now under threat from Scotland's Russell

Sexton supremacy now under threat from Scotland's Russell

But the pre-tournament favorites displayed plenty of the impressive form and toughness that has seen them rise to No. 2 in the rugby world rankings as they eventually got the better of the hosts. They might have to change their tactics if they end up chasing the game because we're far enough ahead.

However they were gifted a try seconds later when Stockdale chipped ahead, Tommy Seymour who, under pressure from Chris Farrell, shipped a awful pass to Sean Maitland and Conor Murray pounced to run in the score.

Stuart Hogg went off with a shoulder injury in an open first half, yet a first worldwide score from Sam Johnson - converted by Laidlaw - reduced the deficit to 12-10 at the break.

"He stepped in once a year ago and got man of the match and he's a guy who's getting back to form after the long lay-off he had". His pass intended for Aki was picked off by Finn Russell, who raced 40 metres nearly to within touching distance of the goal line before being hauled down by Keith Earls.

"You've got Chris Farrell sitting in the wings, massively motivated to do his best". Ireland said O'Brien's workload was being managed.

"Scotland are benefitting from Glasgow and Edinburgh playing confident fast-flowing rugby and if they can produce that tempo and play at 100% they have a really good chance of beating anyone on their day despite having a smaller pool of players to choose from", said Pountney.

Superb work from O'Brien on the deck forced another Scottish error and Ireland's scrum forced another penalty. It's one of those things that does happen if you take the ball to the line and if you are a hub of a player for us. he's going to get that attention. The winger's low tackle left Russell's hands free to pop up a pass for Johnson, whose score in the right corner was converted by Laidlaw.

Ireland will remain in the Six Nations title race. The substitute's pass to Earls looked as if it could have been forward, but the winger touched down, Carbery added the conversion and Ireland were back in the driving seat.

Eventually, though, after a period in which the home side pressed without really looking like scoring, Ireland stretched their lead back to nine points.

But Aki's knock-on meant the opportunity came and went.

"We play strong off set-piece, we play a varied kicking game, we play with a varied attacking game".

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