A late penalty from Johnny Sexton saw Ireland through for a narrow win in a scrappy match against Scotland on Sunday afternoon at Murrayfield.
Ireland’s win ends Scotland’s hopes of championship success and leaves Ireland in an unlikely second place in the tournament as the teams prepare to go into the “first” final weekend.
Scotland (10) 24
TRY: Finn Russell, Huw Jones, Hamish Watson
CON: Finn Russell, Stuart Hogg (2)
PEN: Finn Russell
Ireland (14) 27
TRY: Robbie Henshaw, Tadhg Beirne
CON: Johnny Sexton
PEN: Johnny Sexton
I’d predicted Scotland winning this one with a late comeback after being smothered by Ireland for 60 minutes but, although Ireland held up their side of the bargain, Scotland never really fired, their enforced 4 week break leaving them very rusty.
Ireland looked to take advantage from the first whistle and the Irish forwards bludgeoned their Scottish counterparts for . . .