Ireland had a much easier win than anyone expected as Scotland had arguably their worst game of the Six Nations this term. Scotland started well and we thought here we go another tight game and they were worth the 0-6 lead, but then the wheels came off in spectacular fashion as the Irish captain Rory Best opened the scoring, thanks to his decision to kick the corner rather than take three points on offer from a penalty. This score was followed by Eoin Reddan and Andrew Trimble to give Ireland a comfortable if slightly flattering half time lead of 22-14, Scotland’s points coming from the boot of Laidlaw and a brilliant individual try by Ritchie Gray.
The Irish momentum was building and if Scotland were to have any chance they needed to score first in the second period, however it was not to be and Ireland extended their lead and grip on the game with a penalty and a try to Fergus McFadden giving us the final score of:
Ireland 32-14 Scotland
Tries: Best, Reddan, Trimble, McFadden
Cons: Sexton 3
Pens: Sexton 2
Pens: Laidlaw 3
Ireland: Kearney, Bowe, Earls, D’Arcy, Trimble, Sexton, Reddan, Healy, Best, Ross, O’Callaghan, Ryan, Ferris, O’Mahony, Heaslip.
Replacements: Cronin, Court, McCarthy, Jennings, O’Leary, O’Gara, McFadden.
Scotland: Hogg, Jones, Evans, Morrison, Lamont, Laidlaw, Blair, Jacobsen, Ford, Cross, Gray, Hamilton, Barclay, Rennie, Denton.
Replacements: Lawson, Murray, Kellock, Vernon, Cusiter, Jackson, Scott.
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Ireland travel to Twickenham next weekend looking to continue the wining ways, whilst Scotland travel to Italy and a wooden spoon clash with the Italians. The Scots will have to up their game if they are not to slip up in Rome.