Ryan Wilson to miss remainder of Scotlands Six Nations campaign

Heather Diaz
February 13, 2019

'We have a couple of chances and we took them.

"We'd ideally like to play better and with more fluidity, and probably get on the front foot more", said Best.

"We restricted them to an intercept try and it was a massive defensive effort".

"It was two teams who went hard and we are very grateful to win".

"He seems to be doing quite well now though, so we're hopeful he'll be okay for the next game".

Ireland would always punish such sloppiness more ruthlessly and Japan's coaching team will have noticed how decisively they capitalized on Scotland's lack of discipline and accuracy in the second half.

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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.

But, with England finishing their campaign with home games against Italy and Scotland - two sides who have not won at Twickenham in the Six Nations era - Ireland need Wales to beat the men in white in the tournament for the first time since 2013 if Joe Schmidt is to achieve a fourth and final title in his six years as head coach.

The SRU said centre Huw Jones and full-back Stuart Hogg would stay with the squad even though they are suffering from knee and shoulder ligament injuries.

Everyone waited to see if the theory that Ireland are overly reliant on the 2018 world player of the year would be proved correct. He was hailed down by the retreating Keith Earls but smartly popped a pass for Johnson to run in for the try, Laidlaw converting.

"Sometimes it's just a genuine mistake", said Ritchie.

Scotland badly needed some points but turned down a simple three for a quick tap by Russell and the Irish defence swarmed to force a turnover inside their own five metre line. Unlike in the first half, the Scots couldn't get a foothold in the Irish 22 or sustain an attack. Scottish hooker Stuart McInally denied his team was demoralized to still go in behind, but admitted they were "knackered" in the second half. We conceded the try a minute after that and lost one of our best players'. Russell asked. "What changed?" "We are frustrated and disappointed. If we're going to progress as a country we're going to have to start winning these games".

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