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Ireland get the better of Scotland the brave

NatWest 6N 28
Ireland, Scotland 8
AN emphatic win for Ireland at a sunny Aviva Stadium to set uo a St Patrick’s Day showdown in seven days time.
After a good start by Ireland it was Scotland who got the first score, Greig Laidlaw kicking a penalty after 12 minutes. Ireland responded with Jacob Stockdale intercepting on halfway for his first try and finishing the half with a touchdown on 40 minutes. Sexton converted both tries.
Ireland got the first score of the second half, Conor Murray adding to his try tally and Sexton’s conversion pushing the lead to 21-3 on 46 minutes. Scotland butchered another try chance but after some nice running rugby they reduced the lead to 21-8 when Blair Kinghorn got in near the corner.
Ireland scored their fourth try on 70 minutes, Seanie Cronin getting at the end of another lineout maul and Sexton adding the extras. 28-8 to Ireland kept the home crowd happy and it promises to be a great occasion in Twickenham
IRELAND: Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster); Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster), Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster), Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht), Jacob Stockdale (Ballynahinch/Ulster); Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster); Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster), Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) (capt), Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster), James Ryan (UCD/Leinster), Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster), Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster), Dan Leavy (UCD/Leinster), CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster).
Replacements: Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster), Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster), Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster), Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht), Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Leinster), Jordan Larmour (St. Mary’s College/Leinster).
SCOTLAND: Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors); Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh), Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Sean Maitland (Saracens); Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors), Greig Laidlaw (Clermont Auvergne); Gordon Reid (London Irish), Stuart McInally (Edinburgh), Simon Berghan (Edinburgh), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), John Barclay (Scarlets) (capt), Hamish Watson (Edinburgh), Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors).
Replacements: Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors), Willem Nel (Edinburgh), Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors), David Denton (Worcester Warriors), Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors), Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors), Lee Jones (Glasgow Warriors).
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant Referees: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand), Luke Pearce (England)
Television Match Official: George Ayoub (Australia)

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