Six Nations: Ireland earn hard-fought 22-13 victory over Scotland

Cameron Henderson

Hosts Japan know they will nearly certainly have to beat one of the European heavyweights to reach the quarterfinals by finishing in the top two of a group that also includes Russian Federation and Samoa. Some sloppy handling errors in the second half then saw the game drift away from them as Joe Schmidt's Ireland got their Championship back on track following the defeat to England. The Scotland head coach, Gregor Townsend, felt his side should have been awarded a penalty but does not expect the citing officer to review the incident.

"We are relying on others, but when it comes to next week [in Italy a week on Sunday] and the final two rounds we don't have to rely on them for how we approach things and how we perform", Schmidt said.

"It's going to be a huge challenge in Paris, we've not won there in 20 years and France - the way they played in the first half against Wales - showed what a quality team they are", he said.

It will have been infuriating for Townsend - and of great interest to onlooking Japan coach Jamie Joseph.

They travel to France next, where they have not won since 1999, but Russell, who plays his club rugby with Parisian side Racing 92, insists Scotland "will come out fighting".

But old failings still surface.

The champions recovered from their chastening defeat by Eddie Jones's team by going back to basics to end Scotland's run of six successive home victories in the championship and put themselves back in contention.

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"Frustration is the right word", he said, when asked for his thoughts on the Ireland game. "There was a rise in temperature and energy against Scotland from the England game and our defence was excellent".

Scotland had shown so many positive attributes in the first half, despite a bad mix-up between their wings Tommy Seymour and Sean Maitland that gifted the first try to Conor Murray. They were also architects of their own downfall at times, with Tommy Seymour and Sean Maitland's mix-up gifting Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray the opening try on the 10-minute mark. What changed in the fifteen minutes of half time?'

Everyone waited to see if the theory that Ireland are overly reliant on the 2018 world player of the year would be proved correct.

Carberry started very shakily, a loose pass easily intercepted and allowing Scotland to charge forward, popping the ball back on the Try line to give Sam Johnson an easy try.

Ireland had lost the physical battle against Eddies Jones' England team, prompting a week of soul-searching, but Scotland were never going to beat the Irish in a similar way.

Scotland will have the opportunity for revenge on September 22 when the two sides meet again in the opening round of the World Cup in Japan.

"We got a lot of our attacking game into play as well as really good decisions, really good work-rate off the ball, which meant we were finding space and the first half".

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