Scotland V Ireland: Choose Best Combined XV From Starting Teams

Florence Fletcher
February 10, 2019

Scotland's Sam Johnson scores their only try. They got one more chance at the death from a scrum just inside the Scottish half, but they couldn't make it count.

The big challenge for Ireland now in 2019 will to be attempt to create history as the first side to lift the Webb Ellis trophy after losing the first game of a World Cup year. Conversion: Greig Laidlaw. Penalty: Laidlaw (2).

Two poor games in a row for the tighthead.

"In that first half we were in our 22 for 34pc of the time and in our half for about 72pc of the time".

"I'm the attack coach, and we weren't able to get those two or three phases either to get in behind the defence or set up our set plays".

And with Sexton forced off the field, with what looked like a nasty head knock, the Scots looked to turn the scoreboard in their favor.

However, he was not too happy about the treatment handed out to Sexton. Play had been moving right, but the stand-off switched left with a pop pass to Stockdale, who brushed past a lunge by Stuart McInally then sprinted clear through the middle to touch down behind the posts and give Murray a simple conversion.

Johnny Sexton, who missed an easy kick early on, was replaced by Joey Carberry after a prolonged blood substitution.

The substitute was quickly involved, but not in the way he wanted.

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His late tackle on Russell was superb but unfortunately now enough. The closest they came, however, was when Seymour was hauled down a couple of metres short.

Another up and down game for the scrumhalf who's still not back to his best.

Coach Gregor Townsend blamed himself for his side's inability to convert several promising periods of attack into scores.

On Carbery's performance, he said: "He had a bit of a rough introduction throwing that intercept pass and I think that knocked his confidence for a little while but he worked his way back into the game".

Even with the bonus point on the table, Best pointed to the sticks and Carbery extended his team's lead.

Just inside the final quarter, Ireland handled on the ground again, and Laidlaw made no mistake with the penalty.

Replacements: Brown, Bhatti, Rae, Toolis, Harley, Price, Horne, Kinghorn.

Subs: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Ultan Dillane, 20 Josh van der Flier, 21 John Cooney, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Jordan Larmour.

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