Six nations: Ireland battles to victory over Scotland

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"He stepped in once a year ago and got man of the match and he's a guy who's getting back to form after the long lay-off he had".

This time around Jacob Stockdale was the man to cross, again off a designed lineout move, with the score even earning praise from Schmidt's opposite number Gregor Townsend. "He got a little bit of treatment out there, He's feeling okay now, we don't think it's anything long term", Schmidt said in the Irish Independent.

'We put a lot of time into our scrum and lineout, we want to be able to play off our set-piece to get some ball to very unsafe backs, ' Ireland captain Rory Best said.

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Their scrum was excellent, while their lineout functioned brilliantly despite the loss of Devin Toner and, while their attack was stodgy, it functioned just enough for them to get the three tries they needed.

Former Scotland captain Budge Pountney says Ireland will be "a different animal" in Saturday's Six Nations game against the Scots at Murrayfield.

The Ireland fly-half then fed Stockdale, who had a pair of front-rowers, Simon Berghan and Stuart McInally to beat. Jonathan Sexton, 9. Conor Murray; 1.

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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.

Townsend has included last year's top try-scoring Saracens wing Sean Maitland, who has recovered from a hamstring injury to replace last weekend's hat-trick try-scorer Blair Kinghorn, who is benched.

There wouldn't be too many weeks go by that I don't get a letter, suggesting somebody play there, or suggesting a set play or suggesting something. Quinn Roux, 6. Peter O'Mahony, 7.

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Rob Harley's high tackle on O'Brien handed Ireland a chance to push the envelope and Carbery found Kearney wide, but the full-back's off-load to Farrell didn't stick. Tadhg Furlong, 4. James Ryan, 5. "Second half, the execution of our set piece plays to get us into our game and to put more pressure on Ireland just didn't happen. He's doing really well there and you could just see him grow into the game", argued Best.

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