Ireland have taken victory leap after overcoming Scotland in the 2019 Six Nations Championship match. Scotland were defeated by World number 2 ranked team Ireland by 13-22 on 9th February 2019 at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. Ireland have won first match in the Six Nations 2019 after crashing out against England in their opening game. Scotland have lost after a run of seven consecutive home victories. This is first defeat for Scotland at Murrayfield Stadium after 2016 Six Nations. This is largest defeat for Scotland in an international match at Murrayfield, since Ireland subjected them to 10-40 defeat in Six Nations 2015. Rugby union teams hailing from northern hemisphere who are participating in 2019 Six Nations Championship, are getting ample preparation for Rugby World Cup 2019.
Scotland attacked on favourits Ireland in the start of match. Scottish captain Greig Laidlaw opened score with a penalty on 7′. Ireland came charging with scrum-half Conor Murray kicking a try on 10′. Irish winger Jacob Stockdale nailed a try on 17′, that Conor Murray converted on 17′. Scottish centre Sam Johnson smashed a try on 29′, and skipper Greig Laidlaw followed with subsequent conversion on 30′. Scotland were two points behind with 10-12 versus Ireland on half time. Scottish side had displayed strong performance in first half to take Irish team to the breaking point. But then Scotland missed chance in last five minutes before break to take lead.
Ireland dominated second half, attacking Scottish defence after half time. Keith Earls hit a try on 56′, that Joseph Carbery converted on 57′. Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw booted a penalty on 62′. Joseph Carbery hit a penalty on 69′ to seal the game for Ireland. Scotland had lost the steam and could not make another scoring shot. Scoreline read 13-22 with Ireland in front, having nine point lead over Scotland. Match finished with Scotland dejected and Ireland coming out as victorious team by 13-22 on closing time.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said: “I think we just muscled our way through it. We restricted them to an intercept try and it was a massive defensive effort. Scotland are a good team who play in a really positive manner.”
Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw stated: “Romain Poite picked us up in the middle of the field, Sean O’Brien’s reefed the ball out and he’s given a knock-on right in front of him.He doesn’t seem to like us, Romain. He refereed us against South Africa as well and we don’t seem to see eye-to-eye. We’re not going to blame him, we look at ourselves, and credit to Ireland.”
Scotland Vs Ireland 13-22
9th February 2019 – Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland
Try: Sam Johnson (29′)
Con: Greig Laidlaw (30′)
Pen: Greig Laidlaw (7′, 62′)
Try: Conor Murray (10′), Jacob Stockdale (17′), Keith Earls (56′)
Con: Conor Murray (17′), Joseph Carbery (57′)
Pen: Joseph Carbery (69′)