Ireland have won their last Six Nations match in Dublin this evening beating Scotland 35-25.
The match which was billed as a dead rubber before hand saw the two Celtic nations go head to head in front of a packed out Aviva Stadium. Ireland took early control of the game through the boot of Johnny Sexton, after the Scots showed showed a serious lack of discipline at the breakdown, however Ireland’s 9-3 lead was quickly wiped out when Stuart Hogg broke the Irish defence to score a magnificent try to give the Scots a 10-9 lead midway through the first half.
Although that didn’t dampen Irish spirits when CJ Sander responded quickly after the Scots had a man sent to the bin for consistent fouling. Ireland then stretched their lead when Keith Earls made his way over the line after a mix up in the Scottish defence gave him a guilt edged chance he couldn’t pass up. Scotland pulled the score back through the boot of Greg Laidlaw to leave the score at 20-13 going into the break.
The second half started off at a blistering pace as the Scots pushed to narrow the deficit but they were punished once again by Conor Murray after he found a hole in the Scottish defence after magnificent build up play inside the five meter line. Scotland however didn’t throw in the towel and made the boys in green work for their win when Richie Gray crossed the whitewash to narrow the scores once again leaving at 27-20, but the Scots were made to pay for their indiscipline once again as another man was sent to the bin and Ireland made them took their chance when Devin Tonner scored a fantastic try reminiscent of American footballer when he dived over the pack to ground the ball and make it 35-20.
Scotland did make a valiant effort towards the end when Alex Dunbar crossed the whitewash when Johnny Sexton was in the bin for deliberately breaking down play on his five meter line. Thankfully Ireland then managed to hold our for the win which grantees them fourth pace in the championship at least, with France and England still left to play.