Ireland return back to winning ways after beating Scotland 13-22
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Feb 12, 2019,
Feb 12, 2019, 0:54
The double grand-slam victor was omitted from last weekend's 32-20 defeat by England, although his replacement Robbie Henshaw struggled positionally at Dublin's Aviva Stadium.
Scotland will meet Ireland in their opening Rugby World Cup Pool A game in Yokohama, Japan on September 22, with the victor in that fixture likely to top the group and avoid a possible quarter-final with defending champions New Zealand.
"There was definitely a rise in temperature, definitely a rise in energy, from last week", Schmidt said.
"It's about our processes and making sure that we learn from the experience last week", said Farrell.
"We've had a good week".
"I think we've matured a lot, to be honest, and bringing Sean Maitland back into the team is a real positive, in that respect", continued Laidlaw.
The try was a double blow to Scotland. O'Mahony gave the ball to Sexton on the switch, and Stockdale timed his run to slip through a gap beside the ruck to perfection. Scotland troubled Ireland at the gainline and found space behind the defence with several well-aimed kicks, but still trailed the visitors 12-10 at half-time. Finn Russell read the play well to intercept Carbery's pass and race towards the line.
"He's definitely the kind of player that if he sees you going for it, he'll let you think you're going to have it, and then he'll put the ball past you, or in behind you".
But Laidlaw was replaced after Carbery's penalty restored Ireland's nine-point lead with 11 minutes to go.
The Lisburn native admitted to being stung by the defeat, but pledged that Ireland will refocus quickly - starting with Saturday's trip to Murrayfield to face Scotland.
Ireland hit back effectively, controlling the closing stages and on the final whistle claimed their third try when Wren outpaced the defence to touch down under the posts, giving Byrne, for the fourth time in the game, another straightforward conversion to seal their win.
Farrell has struggled with a string of knee injuries since his last Test appearance, a Man-of-the-Match showing in Ireland's 37-27 Six Nations victory over Wales in February 2018.