Six Nations 2019: Ireland 'muscled through' Scotland win

Ireland's Kearney set for 6 Nations return - Nine Wide World of Sports

Ireland's Kearney set for 6 Nations return - Nine Wide World of Sports

"We were in a good position at half-time but our performance in the second half, through some of the errors, cost us the game".

"We're not going to blame him, we look at ourselves, and credit to Ireland". "I just think his current strategy to success; to scoring points and tries is very one-dimensional".

Du Plessis copped two yellow cards - and a subsequent red card - for, firstly, a tackle on All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter and then an elbow-charge against flank Liam Messam during that year's Rugby Championship clash in Auckland.

The Belvedere man says he understands global rugby is very different from the club game but thinks Schmidt's Ireland side need more variations in the opposing 22'. "They took their opportunities".

Schmidt added: "In that first half, we were in our 22 for 34% of the time and in our half for about 72% of the time so that was a massive defensive effort and even the intercept was on our advantage so we went to sleep a little bit there and we've got to be better than that".

Ireland made five changes, four of them enforced through injury, to the team that will travel to Scotland today in a bid to kickstart their Six Nations defence after a disappointing opening loss to England.

"That was a really tough game, and it was tough mentally in the build-up, but we asked for the physical reaction we didn't get last week and by and large we got that". They rallied and defiantly worked their way back into the contest but the defending Guinness Six Nations champions ultimately proved too strong for their first win this year. We had a couple of chances and we took them. The Stockdale try had shown that Scotland were vulnerable close to the ruck, and Carbery demonstrated that again by breaking through the middle of Harley and Allan Dell.

"Joey Carbery has flourished since moving to Munster and starting regularly", said Best. Ireland, meanwhile, felt their fly-half Johnny Sexton, who failed a head injury assessment, was singled out for treatment.

"We trust the players to come off the bench and step up as Joey did".

But head coach Joe Schmidt provided a positive update after the match.

This time the move was more down to Irish ingenuity rather than a Scottish mistake, with an apparently simple move in midfield being transformed by Sexton's sleight of hand.

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