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Ireland smash Scotland in bonus point victory

Ireland smash Scotland in bonus point victory

Ireland have secured a bonus point victory over a sloppy Scotland outfit with the 27-3 victory likely to be crucial in deciding who finishes top of pool A.

Ireland looked clearly the better side throughout the match in what was a clinical start to their World Cup campaign. Scotland on the other hand where poor as they failed to convert a number of chances in what will be a worrying performance for Gregor Townsend.

The Match

The game got off to a frenetic start with plenty of turnovers from both sides. Breezy conditions where playing havoc with the passing accuracy of both sides regularly missing the target early.

Despite Scotland having the wind at their back it was Ireland who dominated the territory early in the proceedings. Their reward came when second rower Ian Henderson busted through some weak defence from Scotland. Fullback Stuart Hogg brought the big man down five metres from the try line, but Ireland persisted with some pick and drives to eventually score through fellow second rower James Ryan. Johnny Sexton converted form in front to give the Irish a 7-0 lead with seven minutes on the board.

Scotland where showing a clear desire to keep ball in hand, however, a brilliant turnover from inside centre Bundee Aki gave fullback Jordan Larmour a fantastic counter attacking opportunity as he charged his way downfield, only to be brought down by his opposite number Stuart Hogg. A poor kick by Sexton brought the attacking raid to a halt.

Ireland once again found themselves on the attack due to some more brilliant work at the breakdown from Aki, winning a penalty to put Ireland into the Scots red zone. After another penalty from the lineout, Ireland had a fantastic opportunity to launch a driving maul from five metres out. Hooker Rory Best was the beneficiary of this as Ireland got out to a 12-0 lead after 15 minutes. Sexton failed to convert the conversion from out wide.

Scotland got on the board in in the 21st minute thanks to a penalty kick from halfback Greig Laidlaw to bring the score to 12-3 Ireland’s way.

Some brilliant kicking from Scottish flyhalf Finn Russell put Scotland back on attack, however, some poor handling from the set piece play gave Ireland the chance to blast the ball downfield. Stuart Hogg was caught carrying the ball over his try line giving the Irish a five metre scrum in the centre of the field. The Irish forwards got to work off the back of the scrum, only taking three phases before prop forward Tadhg Furlong crashed over to take their lead out to 19-3.

The game proceeded to descend into a real arm wrestle with both sides attempting to build multiple phases in attack. Scotland looked to have cracked the Irish defence out wide, however, a forward pass form a pop ball brought the attack to a halt.

Ireland had a chance to extend their lead out to 21-3 on the stroke of half time but Connor Murray missed a penalty kick from in-front, leaving the score at 19-3 going into halftime.

Despite the rain beginning to come down the game remained an open affair with both sides shifting the ball from sideline to sideline.

Scotland had much of the possession in the early proceedings of the second half, however, poor handling in Irelands 22m let them off the hook.

Ireland finally got a chance to attack after an up and under kick from Sexton for fullback Larmour to chase and regather put Ireland on the front foot inside Scotland’s 22m. Connor Murray quickly shifted the ball down the blindside with winger Andrew Conway having too much pace for the Scottish to score in the corner. Murray failed to convert from the corner leaving the score at 24-3 to the Irish.

Ireland once again showed their composure working a penalty off the back of a number of phases to take the lead out to 27-3 with 12 minutes to go.

The Scots finally put the Irish under pressure with some nice hands opening up space for Stuart Hogg. A cynical penalty from Irelands Tadhg Beirne resulted in a yellow card for the second rower. Scotland had a fantastic opportunity to score their first try but once again blew the opportunity with some poor breakdown work resulting in a turn over.

Irelands poor discipline once again put Scotland hot on attack with the Scots forwards going to work at lineout time to try score off a maul. However, as with the theme of the night Ireland disrupted the play to once again survive the attacking raid.



The Game Changer

Tadhg Furlong’s try all but finished Scotland. The Scots where hot on attack before a turnover resulted in Ireland getting a scrum five metres out. It was possibly a 14-point play that left the Scots with too much ground to catch up.


The G&GR MOTM

We could not go past CJ Stander. The number 8 was immense with his 11 carries for 62 metres laid the platform for the Irish backs. Stander is clearly one of the best number 8s in world rugby and he showed exactly why against the Scots. Special mention must go to Irelands second row pairing of Henderson and Ryan who where tireless in their efforts.


The Details

Score & Scorers

IRELAND 27
Tries: Ryan, Best, Furlong, Conway
Conversions: Sexton, Murray
Penalties: Carty
SCOTLAND 3
Penalty: Laidlaw
  • Happyman

    Nice work Hamish it was a hard watch as a Scottish fan. Well played Ireland.
    My thoughts the Scots probably knew it was not there night when the hack through by the Irish back hits the post from 40 and Hogg has to take back.
    The Irish were full value for the win but what also stood out was Barnes seemed to decide that the Irish pack were better and giving them the short arm under there posts when the Irish clearly took it to ground was mystifying.

    Shame about the Watson injury it looked bad.

  • Happyman

    Nice work Hamish it was a hard watch as a Scottish fan. Well played Ireland.
    My thoughts the Scots probably knew it was not there night when the hack through by the Irish back hits the post from 40 and Hogg has to take back.
    The Irish were full value for the win but what also stood out was Barnes seemed to decide that the Irish pack were better and giving them the short arm under there posts when the Irish clearly took it to ground was mystifying.

    Shame about the Watson injury it looked bad.

  • Happyman

    Nice work Hamish it was a hard watch as a Scottish fan. Well played Ireland.
    My thoughts the Scots probably knew it was not there night when the hack through by the Irish back hits the post from 40 and Hogg has to take back.
    The Irish were full value for the win but what also stood out was Barnes seemed to decide that the Irish pack were better and giving them the short arm under there posts when the Irish clearly took it to ground was mystifying.

    Shame about the Watson injury it looked bad.

  • Who?

    Very sorry to see Watson injured.
    .
    Connor Murray’s gotta go do some kicking practice – I’m guessing Johnny will get some time off in the ‘softer’ games, but that doesn’t mean that Connor can be ok with missing (admittedly long) penalties directly in front.
    .
    Love watching a Wayne Barnes reffed match – everyone knows exactly what he’s thinking. That said… He needs to go back and learn what constitutes a maul. Ireland created a bucketload of choke tackles in the match, and Barnes never once ruled them a maul. Where Williams in the immediately following match between England and Tonga was much faster to correctly rule identical situations as mauls.

  • Nutta

    I’m one of the folk mystified by Dev Toner’s absence. However that locking combination played really well against a typically fractious and spoiling Scotland. I agree the 14pt turn-around is what killed the Scots and it goes without saying that I wholeheartedly support that the Irish No3 was MOTM. It’s completely realistic that 1 or the 2 most important positions on the field is acknowledged as-such.

    • Patrick

      Tadgh’s a beast isn’t he?

      • Nutta

        Pretty bloody impressive.

      • Who?

        Tadhg mate, Tadhg. Gotta spell it correctly (it’s a name in my family, spelt that way). Other people spell it Tadgh, or even Tadg, but he’s clearly a Tadhg. :-)

        • Patrick

          Oups, and thanks, certainly wouldn’t want to hurt his feelings!

  • Keith Butler

    The Irish were very clinical but hardly set the world on fire with attacking plays. Just the sort of game plan for pool games. The Scots could come unstuck against Samoa or Japan and find themselves on the early flight home. Looks like the squad lacks the depth of other home nation teams.

    • Patrick

      Yes I’m looking forward to Scotland Japan, might be a tough game for the Scots against a fired up Japanese team at home.

    • Honestly I was a bit underwhelmed by both sides. OK, the Scots were really bad, and not helped by a good Irish defence. I’m sure the weather didn’t help all that much. But the Irish looked… I think out of sorts is the best description.

      Looking at the NZ v SA match, the AB look harried for large parts, because of the pressure of the Boks defence. But as soon as they could get a break, bang, 14 points and everything looked smooth. The Irish looked less harried because the Scottish defence wasn’t anywhere near as good but never seemed to click into gear.

      I have no doubt the Irish will win all their pool matches and presumably meet the Boks. Against that rush defence, unless their attack sharpens up against much weaker opponents, I have no confidence they’ll be close come the final whistle.

      Scotland though… Japan at least must fancy their chances. How are Samoa doing these days? Scotland ought to win, but they looked terrible.

  • Patrick

    I sound like a broken record but I couldn’t help thinking about how we would fare against Ireland, and I think we’ll be at real risk of having backs getting isolated and turned over and I hope with all my fingers and toes crossed that Beale doesn’t start.

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