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Ireland too good for Scots

9th February 2019, 16:54 by Neil Foster

Defending champions Ireland beat Scotland 22-13 at Murrayfield to get their Six Nations campaign back on track.

Having lost at home to England in week 1, it was essential for the men in green to take the points and they duly delivered north of the border.

However, it was the hosts who were first on the scoreboard, with Greig Laidlaw landing a penalty but the Irish hit back through tries by Conor Murray and Jacob Stockdale.

It was tight at the break as Sam Johnson crossed for Scotland and, leading by only 12 points to 10, Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will have feared the worst.

But Laidlaw's second three-pointer was all that the Scots had to show for their second-half efforts while the 2018 Grand Slam winners added 10 more to their tally.

Keith Earls scored the decisive try for Ireland after the interval while Joey Carbery landed a penalty after assuming kicking duties when Johnny Sexton suffered a nasty-looking facial injury.

Although they enjoyed plenty of possession, the home side failed to break down a resolute Ireland defence and were not helped when losing Lions full-back Stuart Hogg to a shoulder injury.

Next up for the champions is a trip to Rome to take on Italy while Scotland face France at the Stade de France.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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