Ireland's Kearney set for 6 Nations return

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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. "They took their opportunities".

All they could muster was 10 poor phases that ended with a mix-up between Johnny Sexton and Jacob Stockdale.

"He got two knocks so they were cumulative, and he has a swollen ankle, but that's just swelling and he should bounce back from that pretty quickly".

Ireland overcame a physical Scotland side to win 22-13 at Murrayfield on Saturday. Johnny Sexton's failure to convert was a small consolation for the major mishap, but Ireland soon stretched their lead.


However, he was not too happy about the treatment handed out to Sexton.

Sam Johnson cut the deficit after Finn Russell broke free and brilliantly picked out his teammate to score.

That gave Scotland a 5m lineout, but Peter O'Mahony got up and slapped the ball back and Rory Best put it down.

He says Schmidt's Ireland have lacked that dynamic in order to put points on their opposition. Early in the second half, the replacement fly-half broke through the Scotland line and threw a huge, looping pass and found Keith Earls who widened the gap.


Rob Kearney has returned at full-back after the experiment of moving Henshaw to 15 to face England failed amid Ireland's heavy defeat in Dublin. They will need to improve a great deal, though - especially on attack - if they are going to win their remaining fixtures and challenge the better teams at the World Cup later this year.

Superb work from O'Brien on the deck forced another Scottish error and Ireland's scrum forced another penalty. Knowing he wouldn't make it himself, the Munster man spotted Earls and floated a lovely left-handed pass for his winger to score and then nailed the conversion.

Ireland made five changes, four of them enforced through injury, to the team that will travel to Scotland today in a bid to kickstart their Six Nations defence after a disappointing opening loss to England.

Even with the bonus point on the table, Best pointed to the sticks and Carbery extended his team's lead.


When his side came back into the. We gave Ireland the set-piece and they were able to exit their half, and it's always hard to score from deep.

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