Six Nations 2019: Scotland lose Ryan Wilson for rest of tournament

Can Joe Schmidt's Ireland bounce back immediately?

It was back to winning ways for Ireland who overcame the loss of Johnny Sexton to injury in the first half to beat Scotland at Murrayfield.

Joe Schmidt's men found themselves three points down following an early penalty to Scotland, but a huge screw-up yards from the Try line gave Conor Murray the chance to put Ireland 5-3 up before the nerves set in.

"We restricted them to an intercept try and it was a massive defensive effort".

The 29-year-old played the entire first half during the second round game against Ireland that Scotland went on to lose 13-22 and was replaced by Jamie Ritchie in the second half.

But Jones fumbled a restart from Jonny Sexton that looked to be going out on the full, and Ireland had their first foothold, although initially the Scots seemed to repulse them and won turnover possession. Carbery nearly gave Scotland its only try from an intercept, but he created the only try in the second half and kicked a penalty to deny the Scots even a losing bonus point at home.

"Both remain part of the Scotland squad and will be assessed by a specialist this week to inform their programme of rehabilitation", said the SRU.

Schmidt admitted it "wasn't the prettiest game", but he was "partially" pleased with Ireland's display. 'In the second half, the execution of our set-piece plays to get us into our game and to put more pressure on Ireland just didn't happen.

"I felt we dominated that first half, a lot of that was through how we defended as well as how we attacked - it's a message for our players that we can play at that level and create more opportunities".

But a key period just before half-time saw Ireland heroically and desperately hold off a Scottish attack that lasted 25 phases. 'If we were able to replicate it in the second, I think we'd be here with a win.' Laidlaw, meanwhile, was critical of referee Poite, citing one instance of particular injustice as far as the Scotland captain was concerned. "If you're Gregor Townsend [Scotland coach] you're going "we blew that". 'We talk about Test matches turning on small points and, again, that just allowed the pressure valve to be released.

Scotland next take on France in Paris on 23 February.

"He wanted to stay on but his shoulder was not right". We want to be better. We could've scored a couple more tries.



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