Battered at Aviva Stadium last week, the XV clover relived this Saturday against Scotland (13-22). Driven by a great domination in conquest, the Irish scored three attempts, signed Murray (10th), Stockdale (17th) and Earls (56th). The baffles had a chance, as there was only 10-12 in the break after a try by Johnson (29), except that the players of Gregor Townsend had too inaccurate a ball to doubt the solid Irish defense. Stop for the thistle XV that bends for the first time in this tournament 2019 and more at home.
Ireland is expected to turn this Saturday after the inaugural defeat against England (20-32) and the task was very complicated announced with many absent frames (Toner, Ringrose, Henshaw and Stander). Yet it was the Irish who quickly scored two attempts and took the score to never let go. If Sexton's early exit in the 24th minute of the game wreaked havoc in their offensive organization and helped the Scottish return before the break, Joe Carbery was finally decisive in the second period.
6 Nations 2019 Tournament – Keith Earls (Ireland) celebrates his test with Joey Carbery and Conor Murray against ScotlandIcon Sport
A big game at the foot of the occupation, penalties at the right time and a decisive breakthrough on the Earls test, the Munsterman has largely rewarded the enormous defensive work and the victory of his entire team. Very player in the first act, the XV clover has folded his figthing spirit with a clear dominance in touch, scrum and balloons worn is a staggering mastery that is shown especially in the second period.
Scotland was muzzled
The baffles had Sexton with lots of tackles "just in time" with every line attack by the Irish opener. On the other hand, she quickly lost Stuart Hogg's backstroke in the 16th minute and Russell's interception required the first Scottish test and the first real breakthrough. Without one of his best strikers, Scotland has cruelly missed atrocities with a dozen handshakes. Besides the conquered manhandling, this was the main reason for this defeat on Saturday, as the defensive performance was on the rendezvous with five fronts to more than 22 tackles.
Of particular interest are the impressive performance in the fight (23 tackles and at least 4 scraps) of the indefatigable third line Jamie Ritchie. An uproar of energy is unfortunately sterile because the Irish defense has muzzled Scottish madness. Almost four years after his last success in Scotland, Ireland found success in Murrayfield (13-22) and revived in this tournament 2019. The Scots were first for this match and will be caught by their tormentors of the day in the ranking. But if the XV thistle has nothing under control this Saturday, watch his reaction, certainly full of fire and panache that could take place in 15 days against the XV of France.