Scotland V Ireland: Choose Best Combined XV From Starting Teams

Tuesday, 12 Feb, 2019

Ireland's front row remains unchanged from the defeat to England, with captain Rory Best starting alongside Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong.

He wasn't picked for the rugby match against Scotland on Saturday at Murrayfield.

Scotland also lost a key player with full-back Stuart Hogg going off with a shoulder injury.

"We feel we've got a good game plan to be able to cope with these conditions and change it when necessary". Carbery nearly immediately gave Scotland its only try from an intercept but he created the only try in the second half and kicked a penalty to deny the Scots even a losing bonus point at home.

Joe Schmidt hopes Johnny Sexton will shake off a head injury in time for Ireland's Guinness Six Nations trip to Italy.

"There was definitely a rise in temperature, definitely a rise in energy, from last week", said Schmidt.

"It's about our processes and making sure that we learn from the experience last week", said Farrell.

Their cause was not helped by the team bus being late to the Edinburgh ground, prompting Schmidt to remark after the defeat that "we did not get off the bus".

Seymour threw a poor pass at Maitland, who then parried the ball into Conor Murray's path for the first try of the match.

The try was a double blow to Scotland. Quinn Roux, 6. Peter O'Mahony, 7. In fact, after sustaining several big hits, the veteran flyhalf was forced to leave the field with an injury in the 23rd minute. "Blair Kinghorn was great last week and him being on the bench is excellent for us". He was too fast for the cover.

7 minutes - Laidlaw converts an early penalty after a positive start from the hosts (3-0). Finn Russell, 9. Greig Laidlaw (c); 1. He sprinted into the Irish 22 and popped it off to Sam Johnson to score (10-12). Scotland troubled Ireland at the gainline and found space behind the defence with several well-aimed kicks, but still trailed the visitors 12-10 at half-time. The slack defending was evident when Allan Dell and Rob Harley failed to tackle Carbery and the Munster man paved the way to send Earls in from close range.

"You've got Chris Farrell sitting in the wings, massively motivated to do his best".

"There's no better challenge than going to Murrayfield and having to put in a performance". Carbery's conversion ensured that Ireland extended their lead to nine points. And the Irish had no trouble containing a subdued Scotland to fulltime. "That's probably a fair comment, we agree", said the skipper. "We can't have soft moments".

Ireland have named a much-changed lineup to face Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday, with a host of injuries making what was already a hard game into a huge challenge.