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Six Nations | Aviva Stadium
14:15 (GMT) | 10-03-2018
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The ball is lost forward by the hosts but the referee blows for FULL TIME
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Scotland playing for nothing more than pride at this stage, as they make it to the half way
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Ireland on the verge of one more in the final minutes. The ball lost forward at the last and Scotland try to make their way to the other side of the pitch
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Scrum to the hosts outside the 22 and they move it to the wing now
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Ireland still looking for more as they make it to the 22 now
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Line-out to the Scots at the 10 of the hosts. The ball is fumbled backwards but the referee says scrum to the home team
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Scotland pick it up and come again, still looking for a consolation of sorts. They have it outside the 22 of the hosts now
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Ireland play it out to their 22 before booting it forward
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Ireland have a scrum at their 5 after the ball is lost forward by the Scots
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They take the throw and form the maul but it goes nowhere and they're forced to send it along the 5
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Scotland have a line-out at the home team 5 now with an opportunity to pull one back
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The reset kick is taken and it goes out of play. Scrum to the Irish at the half way. The Irish give away a penalty in the scrum and kick into touch around the 22
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Sexton takes his kick and puts it between the sticks
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They opt for the maul and shove Scotland back. Cronin breaks away and falls over the line in a lump. TRY to the good
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Ireland on the attack at the 22 of the away team and they kick into touch at the 5 after winning a penalty
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The referee halts play for a Scotland 22 meter reset and the ball being kicked forward by both teams now
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Sexton lines up his kick and sends it wide
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Ireland win a penalty around the 22 of the Scottish
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Sexton kicks to the 22 but not into touch and Scotland run it forward but lose it shortly afterwards. Ireland have it inside the 10 now
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The visitors have it at the half way and Denton bombarding his way into the Ireland half. The referee stops play after contact and says penalty to the Irish
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Scotland manage to defend at their 5 and clear
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Scrum to the hosts at the away team 5
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Ireland packing on the pressure now as they throw bodies at the ball at the 5
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Ireland in their 11th phase now as they enter the 22
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Line-out to the hosts at the half way and they start to build again. Ringrose carrying forward for his team
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Ireland make their way forward slowly after the scrum. Sexton kicks forward from the Scottish 10
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Ireland have a scrum at their 10 now
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Scotland working hard to make back the deficit now. They lose out with yet another unforced error inside the Irish half
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Laidlaw sends it wide
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The Scots maneuver it along the 5 and send it wide going for a wrap around. Kinghorn gets it on the edge of the pitch and dives over the line dramatically to bag 5 points. TRY
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Scotland have it outside the 5. They make some good ground in a maul and send it wide but the ball goes into touch. The referee calls play back for a penalty to the away team. Scrum in front of the sticks
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The ball is kicked into touch in a good position
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The Scots turnover and inside their half and win a penalty
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Ireland have it after the reset and build from inside their 10
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Sexton adds 2 more
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Murray takes the ball out the back of the maul and slips through the gap a size of a keyhole to put it down for a TRY
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They kick into touch at the 5 for a line-out
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They move it around inside the 22 and win a penalty outside the 5
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Ireland looking to maintain the momentum they had in the first half. They have a scrum at the 22 of the visitors
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The second half is underway

Half Time

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Sexton adds the extras. HALF TIME
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Murray slips it in and lurks around the back. Ireland moving it along the 5 now and it's moved out to Stockdale who sends his man off the pitch with a good step. He makes it over the line for a TRY
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Ireland rush forward after the scrum. They win a scrum at the 5 of the away team
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Scrum to the hosts at their 22
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The visitors move forward but the ball is knocked on
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The ball lost forward in contact and Scotland have a scrum outside the 22 of the hosts
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Ireland turnover and they opt to work their way out instead of clearing
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Scotland with a patient progression as they edge towards the 22
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Scotland building from the home team 10 now
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The referee stops play for a scrum to the Scots as the ball is lost forward
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Ireland have a throw at their 10 and bold slowly from there
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Scotland on the attack at the 5 but are penalized for not releasing the ball in the ruck
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Ireland have a throw at their 10 and look for the maul. They take it out the back and Murray lobs it forward
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Huw Jones gets it in space and looks like he will go all the way. He tries to offload to Hogg but the pass is poor and Ireland get out of jail free
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The ball doesn't find touch and Ireland run it back but lose it again. Both teams kicking back and forth now
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Aki gets it after the Scrum and sends Ringrose on his way with some good steps. The Irish inside the 22 now. Ryan trying to power his way through but the visitors converge on the attacker and win a penalty
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Scrum to the Irish at their 10
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Scotland on the attack now after relinquishing their lead but the ball is knocked forward
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Sexton adds the extras
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The ball goes out wide and Stockdale finds himself in the right place at the right time with an ideal interception and bursting into an open field to score the first TRY
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Ireland working it out of their 10 and Sexton kicks it forward. Scotland pounce on the ball with pace and turn the tides by taking it to the 10 of the Irish
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Sexton kicks forward for the runner but Maitland reads it and raises his hand and kicks the ball into the 10 of the hosts
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Line-out to the home team at the half way. They take the throw and Leavy finds a gap and stumbles forward on the break before tumbling down inches before the 22
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The visitors feeling they have a good chance to extend the lead now but are shoved back outside the 22. The referee stops play for a penalty to the hosts
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Wilson breaking along the wing into the 22 and the Scots showing some good continuity after 15 minutes of constant defence
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Scotland win a throw now at the opposite side of the pitch. They build from the Irish 10 now
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Line-out to the hosts at their 10 and they look to break straight after the throw but Scotland mirror their movements well
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The Irish take their reset kick and build from the 22. They end up losing it in the turnover and the ball is cleared
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He puts his foot through it and opens the scoring in an unexpected turn for the home crowd
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Scotland make some ground forward and win a penalty at the 22 of the hosts. They instinctively point to the spot and Laidlaw steps up to the tee
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Ireland with another soft penalty and Scotland kick into touch at the half way
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Scotland make a few meters forward but gift possession back to the boys in green and Ireland at the 2 of the visitors yet again
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Scrum to the Scots at their 22
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The referee halts play as the ball is fumbled forward in the build up of the hosts attack
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The ball is cleared and Ireland come again, now around the 22
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The first 5 minutes have been all Ireland. They win a penalty inside the 22 and Sexton opts to kick into touch at the 5 for a line-out. The throw is taken and the Irish immediately regret their decision as they lose out in the contest
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Scrum to the hosts at the 22
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The ball is lost after the scrum and booted clear. Ireland kick it back and the ball is lost forward by the Scots in the air
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The ball is lost forward in contact at the Scottish 10 and the hosts have a scrum
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Ireland looking to take control of the game early on by pressuring the visitors right off the bat
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The referee sounds his whistle and the game is underway
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The respective anthems being sung now
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Ireland have won 6 out of the last 10 matches between these two sides
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Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray are a world class halfback pairing and Ireland will rely on them to guide them to victory.
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Huw Jones has been one of the players of the tournament so far. He gives the Scots and extra edge on attack and he is bound to terrorise Ireland's midfield pairing of Garry Ringrose and Bundee Aki
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Garry Ringrose is a talented youngster and a lot rests on his shoulders in the important No.13 channel against the Scots
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Welcome to Aviva Stadium where Scotland take on Ireland
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Ireland
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Scotland
START LINE UP
  • 1 Cian Healy
  • 2 Rory Best
  • 3 Tadhg Furlong
  • 4 James Ryan
  • 5 Devin Toner
  • 6 Peter O'Mahony
  • 7 Dan Leavy
  • 8 Christiaan Stander
  • 9 Conor Murray
  • 10 Johnny Sexton
  • 11 Jacob Stockdale
  • 12 Bundee Aki
  • 13 Garry Ringrose
  • 14 Keith Earls
  • 15 Rob Kearney
RESERVES
  • 16 Sean Cronin
  • 17 Jack McGrath
  • 18 Andrew Porter
  • 19 Iain Henderson
  • 20 Jordi Murphy
  • 21 Kieran Marmion
  • 22 Joey Carbery
  • 23 Jordan Larmour
START LINE UP
  • 1 Gordon Reid
  • 2 Stuart McInally
  • 3 Simon Berghan
  • 4 Grant Gilchrist
  • 5 Jonny Gray
  • 6 John Barclay
  • 7 Hamish Watson
  • 8 Ryan Wilson
  • 9 Greig Laidlaw
  • 10 Finn Russell
  • 11 Sean Maitland
  • 12 Peter Horne
  • 13 Huw Jones
  • 14 Blair Kinghorn
  • 15 Stuart Hogg
RESERVES
  • 16 Fraser Brown
  • 17 Jamie Bhatti
  • 18 Willem Nel
  • 19 Tim Swinson
  • 20 David Denton
  • 21 Ali Price
  • 22 Nick Grigg
  • 23 Lee Jones
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PREVIEW: Ireland v Scotland

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 05:56

SIX NATIONS, ROUND FOUR: Joe Schmidt is a "rugby anorak" but it's his mastery of detail that can see Ireland edge to within a win of only their third Six Nations Grand Slam, Irish legend Brian O'Driscoll told AFP.

Schmidt, whose side on Saturday host a Scotland side boosted by a memorable win over champions England but with a woeful away record in the Six Nations, is not the one-dimensional coach often portrayed by some people, said O'Driscoll.

O'Driscoll knows Schmidt well as he played for the 52-year-old New Zealander at Leinster - winning back to back European Cups - and in the last year of his Test career which climaxed with victory over France in Paris to win the 2014 Six Nations title.

"Maybe we won back to back European Cups for him," chuckled O'Driscoll when he spoke to AFP at the Laureus Awards in Monaco.

"One word you associate with Joe Schmidt is detail. Like I have never known any coach to scrutinise a game like him.

"He is an absolute rugby anorak, it is his passion as well as his profession. He is a bit of an insomniac too as he watches so much of it.

"Great comfort of that is he already has a plan for England [their final match on Saturday week at Twickenham]. Yes, he has one for Scotland but for England he will have a fair idea of which way he goes and you will see him tweak two or three things." 

O'Driscoll, Ireland's most capped player with 133 and who captained them to the 2009 Grand Slam, illustrates Schmidt's versatility in sizing up opponents with a move against Wales in the 37-27 victory.

Although, it didn't come off it had been specifically planned on account of something the New Zealander had seen as a potential blindspot for the Welsh.  

"That was solely done for Wales because he [Schmidt] identified something," said O'Driscoll, who is the all-time record try scorer with 26 in the Five/Six Nations.

"You get that detail from him as different moves are identified for different teams.

"It's not a blanket policy that Joe deploys for taking on his opponents."

Thus far in his five-year reign, it has worked wonders - a thumping defeat by Argentina in the 2015 World Cup quarterfinals being a rare reverse - with the highlights two Six Nations titles and an historic win over world champions New Zealand.

Schmidt combined coaching with being a school master when he started out in New Zealand.

"He isn't too schoolmasterly but you want to know what you are talking about, don't go off half-cocked," said O'Driscoll.

"He will sit you down too if needs be, he won't take any bullshit."

O'Driscoll added: "You are in school as a kid and the teacher asks what is the capital of France.

"A hand goes up and the pupil says Bordeaux..the teacher says 'very very good effort but no'.

"The next pupil says Nice, 'no' replies teacher but great effort, another says Paris and teacher replies 'well done'.

"With Schmidt, however, there is no bullshit so there will be no 'good effort' to those who answered Bordeaux and Nice.

"You want to be on the money the whole time so if you want to challenge something he says you better get it right, or have a very viable option to what he is 
thinking." 

Players to watch:

For Ireland: Garry Ringrose is a talented youngster and a lot rests on his shoulders in the important No.13 channel against the Scots. Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray are a world class halfback pairing and Ireland will rely on them to guide them to victory. Powerhouse prop Tadhg Furlong is back in the front row and he can give the Scots a few problems in the scrums.

For Scotland: Huw Jones has been one of the players of the tournament so far. He gives the Scots and extra edge on attack and he is bound to terrorise Ireland's midfield pairing of Garry Ringrose and Bundee Aki. Scotland's clash against England proved that Finn Russell is a match-winner with his all-round abilities on the field. The Scots also have a dynamic and effective loose trio in the form of Ryan Wilson, Hamish Watson and John Barclay.

Head to head: There is a spotlight on the midfield battle with the talented Garry Ringrose and physical Bundee Aki up against the dynamic duo of Huw Jones and Peter Horne. Finn Russell outplayed George Ford two weeks ago and he will need to do the same against Johnny Sexton if Scotland are two win the game. Scotland also can't afford to let Ireland bully them in the scrums. Gordon Reid and Simon Berghan will have a tough task against Tadhg Furlong and Cian Healy.

Recent results:
2017: Scotland won 27-22, Edinburgh
2016: Ireland won 35-25, Dublin
2015: Ireland won 28-22, Dublin
2015: Ireland won 40-10, Edinburgh
2014: Ireland won 28-6, Dublin
2013: Scotland won 12-8, Edinburgh
2012: Ireland won 32-14, Dublin
2011: Scotland won 10-6, Edinburgh
2011: Ireland won 21-18, Edinburgh
2010: Scotland won 23-20, Dublin

Prediction: It is certainly the match of the weekend. Ireland are on a quest for a Grand Slam and both teams are fighting for the Six Nations title. Scotland will have to prove that they can win away from home against the big sides in the Six Nations and they have the personnel to do it in Dublin. However, Ireland, despite a few injuries, are a strong unit at the moment and they are even stronger at home. It will be close - Ireland will win it by five points.

Teams:

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Christiaan Stander, 7 Dan Leavy, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 Devin Toner, 4 James Ryan, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rory Best, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Iain Henderson, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Jordan Larmour.

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Blair Kinghorn, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Peter Horne, 11 Sean Maitland, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 John Barclay (captain), 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 Simon Berghan, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Gordon Reid.
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Willem Nel, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 David Denton, 21 Ali Price, 22 Nick Grigg, 23 Lee Jones.

Date: Saturday, March 10
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Kick-off: 14.45 (14.15 GMT)
Expected weather: There will be some showers in the morning and then cloudy for most of the day. There will be strong South-Easterly gusts and a maximum temperature of 12°C
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Luke Pearce (England)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Agence France-Presse & rugby365com

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Ireland punish Scots to keep Grand Slam dream alive

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 14:00

SIX NATIONS REPORT: Try machine Jacob Stockdale's two tries inspired Ireland to move to within one win of only their third Five/Six Nations Grand Slam with a 28-8 victory over Scotland on Saturday.

The 21-year-old's first-half double - making him the only Irishman to score six tries in the tournament - was added to by Conor Murray and Sean Cronin in the second-half as the Irish secured a third successive bonus point win.

They can clinch the title later if defending champions England - who the Irish play next Saturday at Twickenham - fail to secure a bonus point win over France in Paris.     

Showing early confidence Johnny Sexton opted to kick to touch close to the Scots tryline rather than at goal but it failed to come off as the Scots stole the lineout.

The visitors managed to repel constant Irish attacks in the opening 10 minutes but finally had a shot at goal in the 12th minute though an angry Sexton complained the Scots should have been penalised for a knock on by Huw Jones.

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

Sloppy play by the Irish even affected the usually reliable Keith Earls who with Stockdale out wide and free sent a wild pass right over his head into touch.

The Scots emboldened by the Irish errors fnally put together a decent move with some sublime handling until home flanker Denis Leavy won a penalty inside his own 22 to alleviate the pressure.

However, the pendulum swung towards the Irish just after the 20 minute mark as expert poacher Stockdale pounced to intercept a long pass by Peter Horne and race away to touch down and Sexton converted for 7-3.

The Scots should have hit back with a try after a lovely run by Huw Jones outfoxing Earls but his pass to Stuart Hogg, who was free inside the 22, was a woeful one and the chance went begging.

That missed opportunity proved ever more costly when Stockdale went in in the corner in the final move of the half - Rob Kearney's barnstorming run having almost got Murray over the line initially - Sexton converting brilliantly from the touchline for a 14-3 half-time lead.

Murray, though, was to get his moment of glory as he ducked inside Finn Russell and went over six minutes into the second-half - Sexton converting as the Irish eased away to 21-3.

The Scots, though, were not down and out as Blair Kinghorn went in in the corner for his first Test try after beating Stockdale - Laidlaw just failed with the conversion.

The visitors should have been in for a second one minutes later had Horne passed to Huw Jones and not a wild one out to Kinghorn but the Irish were able to breathe a sigh of relief.

The hosts pressed hard to secure the bonus point with a fourth try but the Scots held them off and won a penalty to clear their lines as the match entered the final quarter.

However, replacement hooker Cronin sealed the bonus point as he went over from close in shortly after replacing skipper Rory Best - Sexton converted brilliantly from the touchline for 28-8.

Man of the match: Flyhalf Johnny Sexton was at his clinical best in Dublin, while prop Tadhg Furlong showed why he one of the most powerful rugby players in the world with his strong carries. Wing Jacob Stockdale scored two tries and deserves the mention. Fullbacks Stuart Hogg and Rob Kearney were both a menace on attack. However, the award goes to Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray. His distribution was impeccable and his vision and decision-making was world-class once again. He also scored one of his team's four tries.      

The scorers:

For Ireland:
Tries: Stockdale 2, Murray, Cronin
Cons: Sexton 4

For Scotland:
Try: Kinghorn
Pen: Laidlaw

Teams:

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Christiaan Stander, 7 Dan Leavy, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 Devin Toner, 4 James Ryan, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rory Best, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Iain Henderson, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Jordan Larmour.

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Blair Kinghorn, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Pete Horne, 11 Sean Maitland, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 John Barclay (captain), 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 Simon Berghan, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Gordon Reid.
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Willem Nel, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 David Denton, 21 Ali Price, 22 Nick Grigg, 23 Lee Jones.

Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Luke Pearce (England)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

AFP & @rugby365com

Jacob Stockdale (21min), Jacob Stockdale (40min), Conor Murray (45min), and Sean Cronin (68min)
TRIES
Blair Kinghorn (51min)
Johnny Sexton (23min), Johnny Sexton (40min), Johnny Sexton (46min), and Johnny Sexton (70min)
CONVERSIONS
 
PENALTIES
Greig Laidlaw (12min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Aviva Stadium
REFEREE Wayne Barnes