Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

10 things we learned from round two of the Six Nations

10 things we learned from round two of the Six Nations

Ireland kept alive its Six Nations title defense at Murrayfield by grinding down Scotland 22-13 on Saturday.

Joe Schmidt's men found themselves three points down following an early penalty to Scotland, but a huge screw-up yards from the Try line gave Conor Murray the chance to put Ireland 5-3 up before the nerves set in.

The 36-year-old hooker - who along with his team-mates put in a considerably better performances than in the 32-20 defeat by the English in Dublin - said it had been a challenging week but they had come through.

But Jones fumbled a restart from Jonny Sexton that looked to be going out on the full, and Ireland had their first foothold, although initially the Scots seemed to repulse them and won turnover possession.

They have beaten England, Australia, Ireland, France, Wales and Argentina in the past two years, while Edinburgh and Glasgow - who contribute about three quarters of the national team's players - have both reached the last eight of the European Champions Cup, the first time two Scottish clubs have done so.

"Just that final piece, the execution off set-piece, which has been really good, that fell off the jigsaw today and that's my fault".

After the substitution, Sam Johnson reduced the deficit to just two points but Keith Earls' second-half try sealed the win for the visitors.

"I think we just muscled our way through it".

'I think we have alot of belief about what we're doing, ' Ireland captain Rory Best said after the game.

"I felt we dominated that first half, a lot of that was through how we defended as well as how we attacked - it's a message for our players that we can play at that level and create more opportunities".

Ireland's game management was made easier by Scotland committing 15 handling errors, more than twice as many as the Irish. "We're relying on other people now [to win the championship], but the one thing we don't have to rely on other people for is how we approach things and how we perform".

"Romain Poite picked us up in the middle of the field, Sean O'Brien's cleared the ball out and he's given a knock-on right in front of him", Laidlaw told BBC. "If you're Gregor Townsend [Scotland coach] you're going "we blew that".

Scotland return to Six Nations action on February 23. when they travel to Paris to face France. We want to be better. 'We'll see what will happen over the next few days.

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