Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw SLAMS referee after Six Nations defeat to Ireland

Conor Murray, Stockdale and Earls all crossed for Ireland, with Carbery shrugging off an intercept pass that led to Sam Johnson's try to set up his Munster team-mate Earls for the victor.

"Physically we didn't match them as a team previous year but in 2017 we fronted up very well".

"If you match that you will probably get something out of the game". "He took a stamp to the head and on the ankle".

"Just that final piece, the execution off set-piece, that fell off the jigsaw today, and that's my fault", said Townsend, who confirmed full-back Stuart Hogg suffered a shoulder injury. Peter O'Mahony linked with Sexton who drew Allan Dell and put Stockdale through a gap by the ruck and the ace finisher did what he did best.

"Johnny failed an HIA (head injury assessment), he hit the ground quite hard but we are confident he will bounce back quite quickly", Schmidt told reporters. "It's just a bit of aggravation after having a knock".

Ireland overcame a physical Scotland side to win 22-13 at Murrayfield on Saturday.

The flyhalf's replacement, Joey Carbery, threw an intercept pass to Finn Russell before the interval and he set-up Sam Johnson superbly to get the hosts back into it.

A poor Earls clearance kick handed the Scots another chance to attack and the winger had to be alert to the danger to scramble the ball into touch when Jones' chip-ahead pin-balled off Rob Kearney and Carbery.

He says Schmidt's Ireland have lacked that dynamic in order to put points on their opposition.

"In that first half we were in our 22 for 34 per cent of the time and in our half for about 72 per cent of the time". Couldn't really get going in attack, but was asked to do a lot at times.

Superb work from O'Brien on the deck forced another Scottish error and Ireland's scrum forced another penalty.

Not that Joe Schmidt's Ireland will be looking beyond an afternoon of atonement when they line up at Murrayfield, where no visiting side has won in seven successive Six Nations matches.

Ireland's Jacob Stockade scores his side's second try. "We can't be chasing things and trying to get instant results". The substitute's pass to Earls looked as if it could have been forward, but the winger touched down, Carbery added the conversion and Ireland were back in the driving seat.

But Aki's knock-on meant the opportunity came and went.

  • Stacy Allen