Stuart Hogg’s chin with the help for Finn Russell rating however it’s the Irish who win 27-24
Scotland rating comedy attempt in opposition to Eire
Quick, frenetic, bodily, farcical… This Six Nations match between Scotland and Eire at BT Murrayfield had a little bit of all the things.
Stuart Hogg’s chin performed a key position in one thing of a comedy attempt for the Scots however it was Johnny Sexton’s boot that sealed a 27-24 win for Eire with a late penalty.
It was an odd, unpredictable match that the TV pundits described as “bonkers” and “chaos”. Scotland seemed the extra harmful aspect and outscored Eire three tries to 2, however finally the hosts’ penalty depend and malfunctioning lineout proved pricey.
Eire had gone in entrance early on after neither Hogg nor Chris Harris might accumulate a cross-field kick from Sexton within the in-goal space. The kick was meant for Keith Earls, who additionally couldn’t catch the ball, however it bounced into the trail of Robbie Henshaw for a easy landing.
Scotland took the lead within the twenty eighth minute, although, when Finn Russell transformed his personal attempt following an uncommon help from Scotland captain Hogg.
CJ Stander received a turnover on the breakdown and Garry Ringrose went to kick downfield, however Hogg charged it down, kicked forward twice and Russell was first to gather the ball to attain.
There was a suspicion of a knock-on from Hogg’s first kick and referee Romain Poite went to the TMO to test, however replays confirmed that the ball had come off the full-back’s chin, not his arms, so the attempt stood.
The second kick infield from the skin of his boot was good from Hogg and fell completely for Russell.
By half-time Eire had been again in entrance, two Sexton penalties making it 10-14, and so they elevated that lead with one other ten factors within the opening quarter-hour of the second interval.
First got here a attempt from Man of the Match Tadhg Beirne as ill-discipline from Scotland allowed the guests to construct stress within the opposition 22.
Beirne burrowed over from shut vary and referee Poite burrowed into the pile of our bodies to test that the ball had been grounded.
Scotland bought themselves again into the sport with a attempt from Huw Jones, the substitute making gentle work of tried tackles from James Lowe and Hugo Keenan to recover from the road.
Then it was Irish infringements that allowed Scotland to pile on the stress near the road. They opted to take the faucet from a sequence of penalties and it was Hamish Watson who ultimately bought the ball down after displaying nice athleticism to spin round whereas being tackled by Andrew Porter.
Hogg transformed to make it 24-24 with simply 5 minutes to go.
Then got here the decisive second. From the restart, Ryan Baird charged down a clearance after which put in a giant deal with on Ali Worth, who was subsequently pinged for holding on. Sexton stepped up, as he has carried out so usually earlier than, and slotted the successful kick from a good angle near the touchline.
Scotland will really feel it’s a chance missed having labored themselves again into the sport, whereas Eire shall be upset with how they let a 14-point lead slip. But they are going to happy to be heading into their closing match in opposition to England on the again of a win.
To complete, we’ve got to pay tribute to hot-stepping Eire prop Tadhg Furlong, who offered one of many highlights of the primary half.
Operating the ball out of Eire’s half, he first stepped round George Turner after which left Russell flailing to win compliments from the commentators in addition to these on social media.
Let’s add fancy footwork to that listing of things that offered leisure on this championship fixture.
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