Too bad this Six Nations doesn't have an audience because every entry in Murrayfield would have been worth every last pound. Scotland experienced another drama in Edinburgh , another agonizing duel in which a cross came out. Ireland , a heavyweight despite their recent decline, dashed their hopes of taking the title. After winning in London for the first time since 1983, XV del Cardo let out a great income against Wales a month ago – in the middle of a break by Covid in France – and could not complete his comeback this Sunday against XV del Trebol. Only France and Wales, who meet next Saturday in Paris, can already win the trophy
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Tournament Ireland put the stripes on the table in an impressive start. Jonathan Sexton opened the scoring with a comfortable kick to sticks after his teammates brushed against the rehearsal on the first pitch of the match. With no time to warm up, the Scottish defense watched a Sexton ball fall in the snow. He was met by Keith Earls and two blue jerseys, Chris Harris and Stuart Hogg; they canceled each other and Robbie Henshaw took advantage of the mess to arrive in second curtain and rehearse. In a sigh, 0-8.
The clash of styles was clear between the Irish steel industry, looking for the percussion of its forward and that is played in short spaces, and the Scottish gazelles, happy in the chaos. The greens were in command, strong in the scrum and solid in the air game. So the XV del Cardo needed a real rarity to break the script. Hogg put his body to block an innocent kick from Hugo Keenan and began the gymkhana. The Scotsman 15 kicked the loose oval, which he tapped on his own chest before shooting off towards the sticks. He was met by Finn Russell, who dodged a couple of dives from the Irish defense and dodged obstacles as the oval advanced by his side, like a trained mascot, towards the test.
After the unfortunate set, Ireland took advantage of two local indiscipline to recover the initiative before the break (10-14) after two successful kicks from Sexton while Russell missed his. Small details, big consequences after a first half that will be remembered for the great break of the stocky Irishman Furlong and his 122 kilos often Russell. Indeed, modern strikers do it all.
The Irish locker room exit was once again powerful. The hits from his front were a seismic force and the Scottish defense was finding it increasingly difficult to tackle. Irish courage and your attrition bet grows over time. The XV del Cardo was forced to retreat as if fighting a hurricane wind until Tadhg Beirne set the ball amid a pile of green jerseys. Ireland had moved their dominance to the scoreboard (10-24).
Having it all lost relaxed Scotland, much more comfortable in the role of victim. In those, the rear revved engines and Huw Jones struck like a knife through butter between the last Irish garrison, somewhat timid in the tackle. Russell scored the conversion and put his team to seven before leaving the game looking unfriendly; more pepper in the stormy relationship with coach Gregor Townsend.
Ireland, who went from dominating the match to defending income with their last garrison, had run out of gas and Scotland were improving up front. They held on as best the green jerseys could with a heroic tackle to Van der Merwe, but they only bought time; After endless charges from his forwards, Watson held the oval in a pile of teammates and rivals and tied the game
The duel would be taken by whoever landed the last blow and Sexton gave it, taking advantage of the Scottish foul after his teammates They will charge a kick to Ali Price. So much effort to take the fortress to leave the guard post on the first night. Scotland knocks on the door, but does not knock it down.
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