Sexton and Hogg off early in Six Nations clash


Scotland are unbeaten in seven home Six Nations matches since losing to England in February 2016 and the progression of Edinburgh and Glasgow to this season's European Champions Cup quarter-finals has given them an extra boost.

"In that first half we were in our 22 for 34 per cent of the time and in our half for about 72 per cent of the time".

"Robbie is unavailable due to a dead-leg and it hasn't recovered in time, so we have to forge ahead".

Ireland lost their opening fixture against England in Dublin, and will face a Scotland side who won last week at Murrayfield in a 33-20 bonus point win over Italy.

"He doesn't seem to like us, Romain".

"That pass release for Jacob's try was ideal, the guy maybe could have got to Jacob if not for that intent in trying to get to Johnny". I think it was one of our guys who tripped over him.

Their scrum was excellent, while their lineout functioned brilliantly despite the loss of Devin Toner and, while their attack was stodgy, it functioned just enough for them to get the three tries they needed. So sometimes that works to our advantage.

"We're hurting", said Ireland flanker Peter O'Mahony.

Carberry started very shakily, a loose pass easily intercepted and allowing Scotland to charge forward, popping the ball back on the Try line to give Sam Johnson an easy try.

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"Mostly we would strike on the other side of the ruck, so we thought it might be an opportunity".

"He is up against not only the best stand-off in the world but the best player in the world (Sexton), a key man for a team that has a number of key men".

Carbery atoned for his first half error with a stunning break and pass to release Keith Earls for the defining score of the game.

"There was definitely a rise in temperature, definitely a rise in energy, from last week", said Schmidt.

"Now we've got to make sure we kick on from here".

Gregor Townsend took responsibility for Scotland's defeat, admitting his side's attack slipped off in the second half.

"I do think I always get a lot of advice, there wouldn't be too many weeks go by that I don't get a letter, suggesting somebody play there, or suggesting a set play or suggesting something".

Scotland then suffered an injury setback of its own when influential full back Stuart Hogg was forced off the field with what appeared to be a shoulder injury after 16 minutes.