As it happened: Scotland v Ireland

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Relive Ireland's 12-8 defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield in the RBS 6 Nations, with Tadhg Peavoy's text commentary.

FT: Scotland 12-8 Ireland

By Tadhg Peavoy

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It would appear there are two schools of thought here.

1. Declan Kidney is the most decorated coach in Irish rugby, and his team is decimated by injury, if he had more of his front line players available then Ireland would have won this game and the England game.

2. Kidney has lost control of the team. He is picking the wrong players and the side's tactics are dated, simple and lacking more than one option. 

This will be the debate this week that will dominate rugby clubs, offices and pubs across this country.

Kidney is a fighter and I would be very surprised is this dignified and honourable man would do anything other than finish out his contract.

However, under his control, Ireland have never lost more than two Six Nations games. If Ireland lose to France or Italy, it will be the worst ever Six Nations campaign with the Munster man as manager.

Is it time for change in the summer, or is this performance a nadir, that this management team can recover from?

"Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop. ~Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland

Is this the beginning or the end of this regime?

Thank you for reading. Good luck to Ireland and Declan Kidney as they prepare for what will be a huge game against France.

See y'after.


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Well, that wasn't great. Time forchange of coach in the summer. This team capable of a lot more. <a href="">#6n</a></p>&mdash; Tom Fox (@TomFoxy) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>As each of the three games has progressed we have have lost shape and looked increasingly frantic.</p>&mdash; simon hick (@hicksimon) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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George Hook calls for Kidney to resign as Ireland coach, saying Ireland had no game plan other than to give the ball to Sean O'Brien.


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Can see Drico breaking ranks and sinking Deccie</p>&mdash; liam murray (@murrayla1) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Losing off 80% possession. That, Ireland, is a roaring disgrace</p>&mdash; Ian Prior (@ianprior) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Quite simply one of the worst Irish performances in the history of the Six Nations. Ireland dominated possession with 80%, but just made so many errors and had no composure when they needed it.

Sadly, Jackson's poor place kicking was detrimental for Ireland, two poor misses and opting not to go for goal with other chances left his team in a position where they had not taken their chances.

But the issue here is bigger than Paddy Jackson. O'Gara was also very poor when he came on. Maybe people said Madigan was the answer and replacement for Sexton.

But there are other issues across the team. A multitude of injuries, yes, is a a major factor. But surely Ireland needed better tactics and more composed performance. Are the players responsible or is the coach?




81 mins: The scrums sets and Barnes awards a penalty to Ireland. They move it wide left to Marshall and the Ulsterman knocks on. Ireland are beaten in one of the strangest games of rugby union I have ever seen.


81 mins: Again the scrum collapses and must be reset for a third time.


80 mins: Jim Hamilton is named Man of the Match.


80 mins: Scrum Scotland: the scrum collapses and must be reset. There's 30 seconds to go.


79 mins: Ireland move it back across field from right to left where Kearney joins the line and is done for running into his own man. Scrum Scotland on their own line.


79 mins: Heaslip wins at the tail and Ireland maul it. The Scots stand firm as the ball is moved wide right to Marshall. He is stopped five metres short. 


78 mins: Reddan snipes around the edge of the ruck. Scotland come into the ruck from offside and a penalty is called for Ireland. O'Gara kicks the ball into touch deep near the Scotland tryline.


75 mins: Scotland receive the restart and the ball is bashed down to touch on halfway. Ireland win the lineout and Kearney joins the line before O'Brien makes some ground. Ireland move wide left to Earls. O'Gara takes the ball on himself. 



Weir takes a high ball in his own half and the ball is booted clear to Ireland. O'Gara tries a woeful crossfield kick and O'Driscoll must scamper back to secure the ball. Ireland clear the ball and Scotland run it back. At the next ruck, Ireland are done for holding on. Penalty Scotland. From left of the sticks, 34m out, Laidlaw nails it.

Scotland 12-8 Ireland


72 mins: Ireland win the lineout and Earls takes a crash ball up the centre. Ireland lose in the next ruck and Laidlaw boxkicks long to Earls. The ball is again stolen by Scotland and kicked long. The ball bobbles into the Ireland in-goal area and is touched down for a 22-drop out.

Henderson and Toner are on for Ryan and O'Callaghan in the Ireland second row.


71 mins: At the next ruck, Hamilton is done for holding on at the Ireland 22. O'Gara boots the penalty to touch in the Scotland half.


70 mins: Reddan is on for Murray at No 9 for Ireland as Beattie takes the lineout at the tail. Harley picks and goes. 


69 mins: Scotland win another penalty as O'Brien contests a ruck with his hands off his feet. From the Scotland 10, Weir boots the penalty to touch near the Ireland 22.


67 mins: Hamilton wins at the tail and pops off the top to Harley. Ireland steal the ball and O'Gara chips wide left for Fitzgerald, the ball bounces up and the winger knocks on around the halfway line.


66 mins: Ireland sloppily win a lineout in the Scotland half. They grind slowly up the midfield with Best and then Heaslip is done for sealing off the ruck. Weir boots the penalty to touch for Scotland.


65 mins: Ronan O'Gara is on for Paddy Jackson.



Fitzgerald is on for Gilroy.

Scotland win the lineout and maul it with superb skill to within five of the Ireland tryline. Eventually, a penalty is called for Scotland by the referee. Weir kicks into the in-goal area in the hope a Scottish hand will claim it and touch down. The ball is knocked on and it will be a penalty back for Scotland.

From wide right, outside the Ireland 22, Laidlaw nails it.

Scotland 9-8 Ireland


61 mins: The Scots shift the ball across the park and win another penalty on halfway. Duncan Weir, on for R Jackson, pops the penalty up the line for Scotland.


60 mins: Ireland attack with several charges before spinning wide right to Earls on the wing. He is forced out of play and Scotland win the lineout. 



Kilcoyne is on for Court. Ireland collapse and Scotland win the penalty. Just outside the Ireland 22, Laidlaw knocks over the egg.

Scotland 6-8 Ireland


58 mins: The scrum collapses and must be reset. Luke Fitzgerald is warming up and about to come on.


57 mins: The Scots win the lineout and move to Scott in midfield as he crashes into the Ireland 22. But Laidlaw then knocks on at the ruck. Scrum Ireland.


57 mins: Scotland win a penalty on halfway and R Jackson bashes the ball up the line to touch.


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>While risking an overrreaction based on one game,Paddy Jackson - not the future. <a href="">#6Nations</a> <a href="">#Ireland</a> <a href="">#Scotland</a></p>&mdash; Ewan MacKenna (@EwanMacKenna) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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55 mins: Ireland attack with the ball again, with O'Mahony spinning forward, before O'Driscoll boots the ball long to R Jackson.


54 mins: Ireland go back on the attack immediately, and Scotland immediately concede another penalty. So, from right of goal, outside the Scotland 22, P Jackson misses it, again. He's having a bit of a nightmare from the boot.


Craig Gilroy scores the game's opening try.



Scotland'd Brown is back on and wins the lineout on the Ireland 22. Scotland shift to the centre where they drive forward with Hamilton. Penalty Scotland as Ireland are done for offside - O'Brien was the guilty party. From inside the 22, right of goal, Laidlaw slots it over.

Scotland 3-8 Ireland


50 mins: Ireland win another penalty at the breakdown, but P Jackson fails to find touch. Hogg kicks long back to Ireland and Kearney. The No 15 runs it back and he is hammered in the tackle and Scotland win a penalty at the breakdown. R Jackson bashes it to touch.


49 mins: Murray boxkicks long to Visser and then Hogg attempts to jink his way forward. R Jackson boxkicks long to Kearney, he spins out of a tackle and breaks to halfway.


49 mins: Best hits Ryan at two and Ireland set the ruck.


48 mins: The packs hit and Ireland win a penalty as the Scots go to ground. P Jackson boots the penalty to the Ireland 10-metre line.


48 mins: Scotland scrum in the Ireland half on the left side of the pitch.


47 mins: Denton and Hall are on for Ford and Brown as blood subs.



O'Brien scampers into the Ireland 22, before Ireland recycle well for several phases as they go again and again at Scotland. They make it to within five metes of the Scotland line. Eventually Murray pops to the blind side to Gilroy, who receives the pass, spins out of Ford's tackle and crosses the whitewash. Jackson hits the post with his conversion from the right touchline.

Scotland 0-8 Ireland


42 mins: Ireland lineout. Ryan wins at four and passes off the top. Marshall bursts up the middle. Ireland go wide to Kearney as he crashes forward. 


41 mins: Marshall and O'Driscoll combine wide left, but the ball is stolen by Scotland and put into touch.


41 mins: P Jackson restarts and Beattie takes the catch. Laidlaw boxkicks long to Ireland. Heaslip takes a crash ball and then Ireland spin wide to Marshall, he is taken down. Court is driven back on the charge.


The teams are back on the pitch.


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Scotland no ball and missing tackles in middle of the park, but making it up on their own line. Ireland losing direction on that line...</p>&mdash; Rugby World (@Rugbyworldmag) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Brent Pope: Scotland will know they got away with blue murder in the first half.


Conor O'Shea: Scotland will get ball and territory at some point in this game.


In the PRO12 game in Italy today. At half-time it's Treviso 22-3 Munster. Nitoglia (3), Giusti (19) and La Grange (34) with the tries for Italy. Di Bernardo kicking the points. Just an Ian Keatley penalty for Munster so far.


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Would never have gone for a 3-0 half time scoreline.bizarre game. Scotland dominate set piece. Ireland dominate territory <a href="">#6nations</a></p>&mdash; Will Carling (@willcarling) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Hook talking utter balls here - this is not about PJ or Court - it's poor execution from outside backs that has us only 3 up</p>&mdash; Whiff of Cordite (@WhiffofCordite) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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What are people's opinions on Paddy Jackson's first 40 minutes?


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Looks the real deal out there doesnt he? RT @<a href="">22dropout</a>: Bye bye Darce, Hello Luke Marshall!</p>&mdash; Nick Heath (@rugbymedia) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Also, Scotland very lucky not to have had Harley in the bin for a high tackle on Ryan, which would have been a game changer. Scotland are clinging on. One of the big second half questions is whether they can up their game to dominate more than just scrums and the breakdown.


Interesting point here from Jackman. Jackson had one successful penalty, one bad miss, and could have opted for at least two more kickable penalties at goal. Nerves from the young Ulsterman?


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>We might get away with it here but hard to win a most test matches when u are afraid to kick points on offer. Build a lead? <a href="">#Ire_Sco</a></p>&mdash; Bernard Jackman (@bernardjackman) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>I make that 9 points for Ireland from the last 150 minutes of rugby.</p>&mdash; Nathan Murphy (@nathanmurf) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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What a strange half of rugby. The play was all Ireland, but they simply couldn't break Scotland down. The Scots had 20% possession and territory, and have been forced to make 70 tackles. But Ireland's inability to finish off two Marshall breaks and a Keith Earls break means that Scotland are just one penalty behind. However, if Ireland continue with that pressure, the points will come in the second period of 40 minutes.




40 mins: Scotland lineout. Hamilton takes at four. Scotland maul it and Ireland are shunted back. Laidlaw kicks long to Earls. Ireland are done for holding on at the ensuing ruck, penalty Scotland just outside the Ireland 10. Hogg opts to kick at goal. From 51m out, right of the sticks, the fullback gets the right angle, but the effort drops just under the crossbar. That's the last action of the half.


39 mins: Ireland scrum: Heaslip picks from the base and Brown makes the tackle. P Jackson takes to contact with Beattie making the tackle, before Court makes some good ground. O'Driscoll tries to chip down the wing and the kick is poor and goes to touch.


37 mins: Ireland scrum on halfway: Scotland almost steal but Ireland just about manage to hold onto it. P Jackson clears to Visser. He launches an up-and-under, and Scotland are caught offside as they chase the kick. Penalty Ireland near halfway.


37 mins: R Jackson puts the restart out on the full. Scrum back on halfway for Ireland.


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>@<a href="">tpeavoy</a> It seems pointless kicking our penalties to touch - handing hard won possession right back to Scotland <a href="">#6Nations</a> <a href="">#IreSco</a></p>&mdash; Brendan Corrigan (@radiobrendan) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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The ball is spun wide to O'Driscoll and then O'Callaghan on a crash ball, before O'Brien make a charge. P Jackson takes to contact, before another penalty is called for Scotland having hands in the ruck. From in front of the posts, P Jackson opens his international scoring account.

Scotland 0-3 Ireland


34 mins: Ireland lineout: Best goes to Ryan at four and the Irish pack maul it to within a metre of the tryline. O'Brien is fed on a crash ball.


32 mins: Best hits O'Brien at two in the lineout and the Irish pack then maul forward. They maul to within six metes of the Scotland line, and Scotland pull down the maul. Jim Hamilton pulled the maul down. Penalty Ireland. P Jackson kicks for the corner.


32 mins: Again Best misses his man in the lineout and Scotland clear long after several rucks. There is a clash of players as they go for a high ball. Harley and Ryan clashed, in fact Harley tackled Ryan in the air and should have been sin binned. Penalty Ireland and P Jackson clears deep into the Scotland half.


30 mins: Ryan picks and goes up the wing and Ireland win a penalty as Scotland infringe at the ruck. P Jackson kicks to touch.


28 mins: Scotland scrum just inside the Ireland half. Scotland engage early and Heaslip taps and goes. O'Callaghan takes a charge, as doe O'Brien. Ireland go wide right and set the ruck, where O'Driscoll is the man burrowing over.


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Marshall could be the 2004 Darcy</p>&mdash; Michael McCarthy (@McCarthyMick) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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27 mins: Ireland engage early at the scrum and Scotland break up the centre. Beattie plays a forward pass to Matt Scott on the halfway line.


27 mins: Best has his lineout throw stolen by Harley and Laidlaw chips over the Ireland pack to Maitland to claim, but he loses it and O'Brien steals and drives forward. The ball goes forward - Scotland scrum.


26 mins: Ryan Grant is back on the pitch.


25 mins: O'Brien again attacks with ball-in-hand. Jackson pops outside to Earls who makes a searing break through the centre. But he has O'Driscoll inside him and fails to pass to him. He goes outside and Hogg tackles the Munster man to touch. Scotland win the lineout and clear to touch.


24 mins: Scotland lineout. Hamilton takes at two. The Scots set the ruck. Laidlaw clears long to Gilroy.


23 mins: Ireland lineout: O'Callaghan wins at two and O'Brien breaks with ball in hand and is tackled by Kelly Brown. The ball goes across the line where Gilroy is tackled and put into touch.


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Now Ireland make their man advantage count, monstering the Scotland scrum. Lineout in Scots 22 and looking to play... <a href="">#ScovIre</a> <a href="">#6Nations</a></p>&mdash; Rugby World (@Rugbyworldmag) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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22 mins: Scotland scrum: It is solid and they shift the ball wide to R Jackson and he wellies it to touch near halfway.


21 mins: P Jackson boots the penalty to touch. Best hits Heaslip in the line, but the ball is knocked on, and the throw was crooked. Scotland scrum.


21 mins: The scrum is set and this time Ireland win a penalty as they get the shunt on. Remember Scotland have a forward in the sin bin.


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>FGS - how long are we to wait for these bloody engagement calls?</p>&mdash; Brian Moore (@brianmoore666) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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20 mins: Second scrum is reset by referee Barnes. This time it's good and Scotland get the shunt on. Scott takes a drive up the centre, but the ball fails to return and Ireland win a scrum.


19 mins: Scotland scrum: they engage early and must reset.


18 mins: Earls claims the drop out and Jackson boots an up-and-under. Scotland claim and set the ruck. R Jackson grubbers long to P Jackson. Ryan takes a pop pass off the ruck. Murray pops for the corner and he overcooks it - scrum back for Scotland in the Ireland half.


17 mins: From wide right, on the 22, Jackson makes a total mess of it. It's a 22-drop out for Scotland.


15 mins: O'Brien and Earls takes carries before the ball is moved wide to Marshall again - it takes two men to bring him down. Kearney can't go past Gray, but Scotland then kill the ball at the ruck, penalty Ireland. Murray breaks quickly and Grant tackles him from an offside position. Penalty to Ireland, yellow card for Grant.


14 mins: P Jackson carries to contact then Ross does likewise. Heaslip makes a good carry as Ireland grind out the yards.


13 mins: Ireland lineout. Ryan takes the catch at four and Ireland maul it. They make a good few metres and O'Brien then bursts forward with the ball.


12 mins: Gray wins the lineout at four and Scotland kick long to Ireland, where Gilroy claims the high ball. Ireland clear long to Scotland, and Visser is done for coming in the side of the last ruck. Penalty Ireland on their own 22. P Jackson clears to halfway.


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Cian Healy badly missed <a href="">#ireland</a> <a href="">#6nations</a></p>&mdash; Patrick Hyland (@paddyh25) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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12 mins: Scotland put in to their scrum and get the shove on Ireland as they win another penalty. The Irish scrum is being decimated. R Jackson kicks the penalty to halfway.


11 mins: Marshall has made 43 metres in ten minutes for Ireland.


10 mins: Ireland have stolen the lineout and Marshall makes another linebreak up the centre. He tries to feed outside to Gilroy, but the pass is poor by Marshall and is knocked on by Gilroy.


8 mins: Best takes the lineout and Scotland steal, Ireland are caught offside as Laidlaw tries to clear the kick - penalty Scotland. The penalty kick reaches halfway. It was Hamilton that stole the lineout.


6 mins: Heaslip wins the ball at the tail and Marshall line breaks up the centre, before feeding outside to Earls, he almost feeds O'Driscoll to cross over for a try, but a last-ditch tackle prevents the offload. Murray has a snipe but is stopped short. Then from the next ruck, O'Driscoll is fed and makes a break - he is stopped inches short of the line. Penalty Ireland is called as Scotland kill the ball at the breakdown. Jackson kicks the penalty to the corner.


5 mins: P Jackson clears to touch and Ireland win the lineout and go up the centre. Ireland move it out the line to Kearney on the right wing, he tries to grubber towards the Scotland line and the ball bobbles into touch off a Scottish foot.


4 mins: Scotland win the lineout and maul it well. Ireland are being shunted backwards. Ryan is taken out off the ball by the neck - penalty Ireland.


4 mins: Ireland stand up in the front row, as Tom Court is done by Geoff Cross. Penalty Scotland and R Jackson kicks it deep into the Ireland half.


3 mins: The free-kick is booted by Jackson and doesn't reach touch, but Hogg knocks on the catch as the ball comes to him. Scrum Ireland near the Scotland 10.


3 mins: Scotland scrum in the Ireland half. Scotland engage early: free-kick to Ireland.


2 mins: Ireland win the lineout and O'Brien carries up the middle. P Jackson knocks on his first pass from Conor Murray.


1 min: R Jackson clears to touch near halfway for Scotland.


1 min: Wayne Barnes of England is the man in the middle as R Jackson starts the match, kicking off to Gilroy. Murray boxkicks long to Scotland.


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>@<a href="">rugbyworldmag</a> Scotland has to go for it, best opportunity for years <a href="">#ScovIre</a> <a href="">#6Nations</a></p>&mdash; Charlie Maughan (@CharlieMaughan) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Dear Lord, Flower of Scotland is so, so good.


Lots of opinions swirling around today that Scotland are going to do Ireland, and that the Irish are under strength with this team.


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>@<a href="">rugbyworldmag</a> narrow win Scotland Ireland under strength today.</p>&mdash; Super Davo (@dse67) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Well this is weird......</p>&mdash; Cian Healy (@ProperChurch) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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The teams are emerging onto the pitch at Murrayfield. Kick-off is minutes away, with Ireland's Call and Flower of Scotland being played first.


Lots of comment on George Hook's matchday outfit. Tobacco-coloured blazer and multi-coloured tie. He's bringing his A-game.


The last time Ireland lost back-to-back games in the Six Nations was 2008. The last time Scotland won back-to-back games in the Six Nations was 2001.


Perhaps Scotland's greatest win over Ireland in recent times was the 2010 win at Croke Park. Dan Parks kicked the Scots to a 23-20 victory that day, denying Ireland a fifth Triple Crown of the Six Nations era.

Look back at that game here.


For all your anoraks out there. Ireland and Scotland have played each other 126 times. Ireland have won 57 times, Scotland have won 64 times, and there have been five draws.

In the last five meetings between the teams Ireland have won three, Scotland have won two. Ireland's last win at Murrayfield was in 2011 when they won 21-18.

In the last ten clashes between the sides, Ireland have won seven times, Scotland have won three times.

The shamrock has outshone the thistle in recent times; however, that thistle is always biting.


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Poor Jackson, the pressure on him is enormous.. I hope he proves everyone wrong.</p>&mdash; Shannen Stanley (@shannenstanley) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Conor O'Shea: Stuart Hogg is the Lions fullback in waiting.


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="">#mynerves</a> <a href="">#SCOvIRE</a></p>&mdash; DianaBalzsai (@dianalostdog) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Is Whiff of Cordite correct? Or very wrong?


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Let's be honest though - aside from the back 3 Scotland have no threats. They can't tackle and the pack, Grey+Beattie aside, is very average</p>&mdash; Whiff of Cordite (@WhiffofCordite) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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I reckon Ireland may just edge this one. Read my preview here.


A reminder of the games for today's battle at Murrayfield:

Scotland v Ireland, RBS 6 Nations, Sunday 24 February, Murrayfield, kick-off 14:00:

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg 14 Sean Maitland 13 Sean Lamont 12 Matt Scott 11 Tim Visser 10 Ruaridh Jackson 9 Greig Laidlaw 8 Johnnie Beattie 7 Kelly Brown 6 Robert Harley 5 Jim Hamilton 4 Richie Gray 3 Geoff Cross 2 Ross Ford 1 Ryan Grant.

Replacements: 16 Dougie Hall 17 Jon Welsh 18 Moray Low 19 Alastair Kellock 20 David Denton 21 Henry Pyrgos 22 Duncan Weir 23 Max Evans.

Ireland: 15 R Kearney 14 C Gilroy 13 B O'Driscoll 12 L Marshall 11 K Earls 10 P Jackson 9 C Murray 1 T Court 2 R Best 3 M Ross 4 D O'Callaghan 5 D Ryan 6 P O'Mahony 7 S O'Brien 8 J Heaslip (captain).

Replacements: 16 S Cronin 17 D Kilcoyne 18 D Fitzpatrick 19 D Toner 20 I Henderson 21 E Reddan 22 R O'Gara 23 L Fitzgerald.

Referee: Wayne Barnes (England).

Touch judges: Jerome Garces (France) and Greg Garner (England).

TV: Eric Gauzins (France).


A crunch game in the Scottish capital beckons as Ireland seek to make amends for their toothless defeat to England in Dublin. But their old Celtic foes will be sharpening the knives in wait for the visit of their ancient cousins. Scott Johnson's side have looked dangerous in both defeat to England and victory over Italy: they will be very up for this one.

However, Ireland know that this championship is still there for the winning if they can win all three remaining games set before them. That quest starts today.

What do you think? Who will win? Is Declan Kidney correct to select Paddy Jackson ahead of Ronan O'Gara? Ireland have eight first-choice players missing - can they withstand such a lengthy injury list? Tweet me at @TPeavoy.


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Not long now to the big game <a href="">#rbs6nations</a> <a href="">#bringonthegreen</a> <a href="">#ireland</a> @<a href="">rtesport</a></p>&mdash; martin (@martinod1963) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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From our Facebook page: Eamonn O Laighin says Scotland by 5. Hate to even say it.


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Only once since 2005 have Ireland lost back-to-back Six Nations matches (2008).


The Scots have scored just three tries in their last seven clashes with Ireland in the Six Nations and never more than one per game in this run.


Kelly Brown has won six turnovers in his 150 minutes of action so far, more than any other player in the 2013 RBS 6 Nations.


Ireland have completed 92% of their tackles in the competition so far, a better rate than any other side.


Scotland are the top try scorers in the 2013 RBS 6 Nations so far with six, four of these tries have originated from their own half. This despite the fact Scotland have made the fewest carries (146) of all nations.


Tadhg Peavoy reckons Ireland will just about edge it, read his preview here


The women's side had a brilliant win over Scotland yesterday, claiming their first ever Triple Crown and qualifying for the World Cup as well. 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ireland women's team made their own bit of history yesterday - watch how they diid it <a href="" title="">…</a> <a href="">#TripleCrown</a> <a href="">#rterugby</a></p>&mdash; RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) <a href="">February 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
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