Scotland forward Ryan Wilson out for the remainder of Six Nations

Almost there

We are 45 minutes away from kick-off at Murrayfield.


1:29PM Almost there We are 45 minutes away from kick-off at Murrayfield. Credit AFP

However, a superb burst from inside his own-half created Ireland's third try, veteran Keith Earls touching down, which he converted and he added a well taken penalty later in the second-half to give the Irish some breathing space.

Scotland's captain Laidlaw expressed frustration with referee Romain Poite in a pitchside interview after the final whistle.

Ireland's three tries all resulted from Scottish errors, perhaps with some degree of pressure inflicted from the reigning 6 Nations champions forcing the issue, but not forgivable at this level if the Scots really had serious designs on winning the championship. But Townsend was adamant that he will shoulder the responsibility for his team's inaccuracy in attack.

"Both remain part of the Scotland squad and will be assessed by a specialist this week to inform their programme of rehabilitation".

"I think we just muscled our way through it to be honest".

"I'm so proud of the players with the way they played and the effort they put in", he said.

"That's credit to the Irish team, they put us under heaps of pressure, but we'll work hard and try and be better. 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 attack shape, which was working well in the first half".

"Johnny Sexton got a bit of treatment out there and he got a stamp on the head but he is feeling better and we expect him to be back in the next couple of weeks", Schmidt said.

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

France didn't have an answer to England, and it wasn't clear if they were even looking for one, but they are at their most compelling when the game loses its structure, and they will have watched Scotland's error-strewn performance against Ireland with great interest. 'There was one in particular. It should have been play-on. "We are frustrated and disappointed".

"We couldn't really build any pressure in the second half because we just kept turning over possession".

Scotland next play against France in Paris on Saturday, Feb. 23 and then have Wales at home and England away.

Scotland have been hit by a triple whammy of injuries following the Ireland match on Saturday.

It was my fault, said Gregor Townsend, who put his hand up for yesterday's loss to Ireland.

"He wanted to stay on but his shoulder was not right". "He chipped ahead and got sandwiched between two players". It was a big moment in the game.

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