Ireland edged past Scotland, thanks to tries from Conor Murray, Jacob Stockdale and Keith Earls to keep their hopes of a Six Nations title alive. 

The pressure was on the Irish after their surprise home defeat to England last Saturday and that pressure mounted at half time when they were just two points in front of the home side.

The pick of the tries was Stockdale’s after he completed an excellent move from the Irish backline. Man of the match Peter O’Mahony played a switch ball to Johnny Sexton, who then fed a pass inside for Stockdale on halfway and the winger timed his run perfectly to race in from 50 metres out.

Head coach Joe Schmidt has to thank a resilient and stubborn Irish defence for the win. The changing point in the game was at the end of the first half, in which they were forced to defend 25 phases of Scottish attack within their own 22, with the Scots unable to get through to take the lead before half time.

In the second half the game got away from Scotland as Greig Laidlaw kicked well but they were unable to add to their solitary try from Sam Johnson.

Scotland can take encouragement out of Saturday’s performance and will be looking for a bounce back win against France next weekend.

Ireland will be glad to get back to winning ways, and will be looking to put out a statement performance, when they take on Italy on Sunday.