Ireland grinds out win, resets at 6 Nations

Tanya Simon
February 11, 2019

Matt Williams, who once coached Scotland and is a former Leinster and Ulster coach, criticised Joe Schmidt's team as "one-dimensional" Irish team despite their 22-13 win over Scotland at Murrayfield.

"We restricted them to an intercept try and it was a massive defensive effort". Like Japan will need to be at the World Cup, Scotland had to be smarter, more creative and faster - and in the first half it looked like they were well on their way.

"Both remain part of the Scotland squad and will be assessed by a specialist this week to inform their programme of rehabilitation", said the SRU. We spoke a little bit about Ireland not getting the bonus point; the win is the most important thing for Ireland now.

"But it was 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. I'm the attack coach and we weren't able to get those two or three phases, either to get in behind the defence or set up our attack shape, which was working well in the first half".

"We'd ideally like to play better and with more fluidity than we did against Scotland, probably get on the front foot more than we did". Early in the second half, the replacement fly-half broke through the Scotland line and threw a huge, looping pass and found Keith Earls who widened the gap.

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France didn't have an answer to England, and it wasn't clear if they were even looking for one, but they are at their most compelling when the game loses its structure, and they will have watched Scotland's error-strewn performance against Ireland with great interest. 'With the game going the way it was going, you can understand why we got frustrated.

"There was a lot of knock-ons and we gave away penalties in the second half".

"But we don't strive for alright, we want to be the best we can be and last week wasn't that".

"We couldn't really build any pressure in the second half because we just kept turning over possession".

From our point of view, we were disappointed with it.' Stuart Hogg could be an injury worry for Scotland ahead of the visit to face France in Paris in a fortnight. 'He wanted to stay on but his shoulder was not right. He refereed us against South Africa as well and we don't seem to see eye-to-eye. "We pushed a good team all the way but we can play better".

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