Scotland beat Ireland after a remarkable comeback with 12-8

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Scotland beat Ireland after a remarkable comeback with 12-8

Scotland beat Ireland after a remarkable comeback with 12-8 at Murrayfield on Sunday, February 24th.

With one win and one loss apiece, both Scotland and Ireland had to win their RBS Six Nations clash between each other to gain any realistic chance of keeping their tournament chances alive whilst chasing table toppers England who made it three wins from three the day before by beating France 23-13.

As the first half got under way the majority of the play was coming from Ireland who surprisingly dominated the possession having up to 78% of the play. However, despite all their dominance all Ireland had to show for it was a penalty which was converted by Paddy Jackson. This frustrated the visiting fans as they continued to waste a string of chances and were unable to really convert their opportunities onto the score board leaving Scotland still within a chance. Craig Gilroy did cross the line to score the only tie of the game for the Irish but they were made to pay for failure to capitalize on their earlier wasted attempts.

The home side did eventually reply and managed to turn the game around after a dreadful first half. It was Greig Laidlaw who was the man of the day for Scotland as he scored four penalties after the restart. In fact it was only Laidlaw who did actually get any points for the home side in what was a very low scoring match, the second lowest scoring of the tournament (Ireland v England 6-12 being the lowest.) With only three different scorers and 5 penalties being scored the match eventually finished 12-8 to Scotland which now sees them move up to third – joint second with Wales on points, however, trailing to them by some distance in the points difference being 11 behind. The win also sees Scotland just one win off the leaders England although England having an even bigger points difference of 28 better off than the Scots.

Ireland on the other hand are now 4th after the match means back to back defeats has left the Irish level on points with Italy and are 4 points off top spot England. Next up for the the two Nations are both home ties. Scotland will be hosting Wales whilst Ireland are at home welcome a French side still without a win in this year’s Six nations.

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