Six Nations: Ireland secure bonus-point win over Scotland

  • Six Nations: Ireland secure bonus-point win over Scotland

Six Nations: Ireland secure bonus-point win over Scotland

Peter Horne gifted Joe Schmidt's men the opener in Dublin midway through the first period when his pass was intercepted by Jacob Stockdale.

Winger Jacob Stockdale, in only his eighth game for Ireland, bagged a brace of tries to take his overall worldwide tally to 10, while further scores from Conor Murray and Sean Cronin handed a ruthless Ireland a thumping win.

With an terrible record away from home, the Scots' own championship bid was nearly inevitably squashed by an Irish side which owns the visitors in Dublin, where Scotland has won only once in 20 years. The boot is on the other foot after past year and I'm sure they'll be licking their lips. With Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton they can control the game if we just go flying into everything then they're going to pick us off.

Should Laidlaw and his team-mates upset the odds and triumph in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, they would give themselves the first real opportunity to win the Six Nations since their last triumph 1999.

Just weeks ago it was completely socially acceptable to hold the opinion that England wouldn't be able to lose to the All Blacks, but Jones has showed that they could very easily lose such a match, even by a handsome score.

He said: "That was night and day compared to Cardiff. They'll be gunning for us". "Ireland are so good in the contact, holding us up, getting over the ball so we've got to be physically ready for them".

"Sometimes that's about what the defender does".

"I thought Finn was exceptional against England". But Stuart finishes them off in every training session, we all make errors. "We'll need him to play well on Saturday". "It's freakish again because we won it watching a game over which we didn't have any control over but we managed to control enough of the things that we were involved with to get the 19 points on the table that we needed".

"Sometimes we get institutionalised in the way we look at things and the way that we work, so for me to have somebody who works in a different environment, who worked at the World Cup at Japan with Eddie previously, it's a big advantage to me to have somebody else to call on to look at the things that we do".

France were building a head of steam and somehow they butchered a huge overlap having initially escaped down the left wing, before wasting another chance to move out of sight. "That's the difference today". We had four chances, clean two-on-one chances, and took one of them.