Scotland boss Townsend insists he is to blame for defeat by Ireland

Lynette Rowe
February 11, 2019

Ireland's hard-fought 22-13 win over Scotland in the Six Nations on Saturday lent weight to the suggestion that Japan should target the Scots when the three sides battle to progress from Pool A at the Rugby World Cup later this year. What changed in the 15 minutes of half time?' "He got a stamp on the ankle and it was really when they were going on to treat that that they decided he wasn't 100% and that they needed to do a HIA and he didn't pass".

First blood went to the hosts via a Greig Laidlaw penalty.

Johnny Sexton suffered a head injury leaving Joey Carbery to run the game for nearly an hour: the Munster star threw an intercept pass for Sam Johnson's try for Scotland, but conjured the winning score for Earls.

Three defensive calamities by Scotland gave Ireland all the ammunition they required to get back on track and inflict the first away win at Murrayfield in the Guinness 6 Nations for three years.

Carbery nearly gave Scotland its only try from an intercept, but he created the only try in the second half and kicked a penalty to deny the Scots even a losing bonus point at home.

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"We'll go back to the pressure we put on and the coaches put on us". He was also relieved by the team's effort.

'We got a lot of our attacking game into play, really good decisions and really good work rate off the ball meant that we were finding space in that first half.

But Ireland had a firm grip on the ball and the game and Carbery replied in kind to keep his team in control with 10 minutes remaining.

"I think that was the first knock and then he got another one after that".

Finn Russell will play a characteristically avante-garde role this week as he flies back to Paris to play for his club Racing 92 ahead of Scotland's meeting with Les Bleus on 23 February. Star fullback Stuart Hogg was hit late by Peter O'Mahony, flew over the Irish flanker, and crashed onto his right shoulder. "If we score there it would be huge but fair play to them for keeping us out", said the Edinburgh forward. We'll see what will happen over the next couple of days. We conceded the try a minute after that and lost one of our best players'.

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