Gregor Townsend tells his Scotland players to learn from Ireland defeat

11 March, 2018, 01:48 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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"We meet Ireland next year in the Six Nations and we play them in 18 months in the World Cup and we have to make sure we are a better team the next two times we play them".

Scrumhalf Conor Murray wriggled over early in the second half to widen Ireland's advantage but it was replacement Sean Cronin's try in the 68th minute that drew the biggest cheers as it secured the bonus point.

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"A lot of hard work went in to get us to this point, and it's a really good win against a tough, tough Scotland team", Ireland fullback Rob Kearney, the man-of-the-match, told ITV.

But a Grand Slam beckons next weekend at Twickenham, and Sexton believes the tournament won't be complete for the Irish unless they pull off only their third sweep ever.

IRELAND moved one step closer to to the Six Nations title with another convincing win in Dublin.

"Regardless of what happens this evening, it will be about us going there to win a Triple crown and whatever else goes with it".

"It's been in the back of our minds and it's something you always dream of", Murray said.

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Scotland showed glimpses of the form that saw them beat England in the previous round of matches, with Blair Kinghorn's try keeping them just about in the hunt, but a lack of accuracy at crucial moments proved costly.

Sexton's displeasure didn't distract Greig Laidlaw who slotted over the penalty to give them a 3-0 lead.

However, it was an ambitious attempted pass from Peter Horne that led to the opening try, with Stockdale making the interception to give himself a clear run for the line.

Thankfully, despite all of their best intentions - and to be fair, they did play a HELL of a game - the Scots simply couldn't penetrate the Irish defence for the majority of the game, and when all was said and done, the Irish sailed passed them on the scoreboard, to the tune of 28-8.

Ireland made its bonus-point intentions known after only four minutes, when flyhalf maestro Jonathan Sexton waived off a penalty goalkick to set up a lineout.

He's determined he doesn't squander this rare shot at a Grand Slam. "They've done everything that you can possibly do", he said of his team. We probably had four chances, three clean two on one chances and we took one so.to me that's the difference.

Shortly before half-time, he capitalised on good handling from Bundee Aki and Garry Ringrose for his second of the day - but it was his first that had everyone talking.

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