Ireland wins in Scotland in the Tournament and goes to the Grand Slam
Thanks to this improved success against Scotland on Sunday at Murrayfield, Jonathan Sexton’s teammates host…
Thanks to this improved success against Scotland on Sunday at Murrayfield, Jonathan Sexton’s teammates host England next Saturday (6 p.m.) at the end of the fifth day (6 p.m.). Their victory nevertheless took a long time to emerge since at the break, Scotland were glued to the score (7-8), after the two teams each scored a try: Scotland by their center Huw Jones (17th) by taking the interval, Ireland by their winger Mack Hansen (28th) at the end of the line, despite a desperate rescue from his vis-à-vis Duhan van der Merwe.
In the second half, apart from the first ten minutes during which the Scots put all their energy to get back in the lead, but without success, Ireland accelerated and despite a heroic Caledonian defense, managed to plant two additional tries: by the winger James Lowe (57th) then the third line replacing Jack Conan (62nd) by multiplying, as usual, the playing times. Trailing 7-22, the Scots never stopped attacking but they lacked too much power and edge to surprise the green line.
Ireland tried until the end to get an offensive bonus. She missed the unmissable in the 76th when the second row James Ryan made a forward when serving his winger James Lowe, perfectly clear, before concluding his final attack with a culpable clumsiness. To receive next Saturday England, humiliated by the XV of France (10-53) yesterday, and win a Grand Slam, the Irish, currently first in the standings, will be without their two hookers, Dan Sheehan and Ronan Kelleher, and their center Garry Ringrose, injured.