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Andy Dunne says Joe Schmidt's Ireland are "very one-dimensional"

12 February, 2019, 00:53 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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However, facing the elements, Ireland continued to dominate territory and possession and after repeatedly battering the Scotland defence they finally made their second half breakthrough when abrasive No 8 John Hodnett crashed over from short range, Byrne converting for a 17-0 lead.

"If we want to take the next step, it's games like this we need to win against quality opposition".

The 32-year-old - who won his third European Cup in Bilbao last May against Racing 92 - is one of five changes made by Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt after recovering from a thigh injury.

By the 24th minute Ireland lost Sexton to injury and six minutes later Sam Johnson scored his first Test try after picking an offload from Finn Russell and with Laidlaw slotting the extras, the teams headed into the break with a 10-12 scoreline.

Josh Strauss has pressed the case for Scotland to take on Ireland in the physicality stakes this Saturday after presenting the compelling evidence for a full-blooded approach.

"I'd like to see how they'd describe our Plan A to be honest", said head coach Schmidt, responding to accusations Ireland's gameplan is limited.

"You've got to have a lot of energy when you make as many tackles as we did in the first half".

"We put a lot of time into our scrum and lineout, we want to be able to play off our set-piece to get some ball to very unsafe backs", Ireland captain Rory Best said.

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

"If we were able to replicate that in the second half I think we'd be here with a win", Townsend told reporters.

The try was a double blow to Scotland. So it's a great opportunity to get him in and give him a run.

Carbery had an immediate impact, being read brilliantly by Scotland counterpart Finn Russell for an intercept catch 55 meters out.

"There's no better challenge than going to Murrayfield and having to put in a performance".

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.

Ireland's Keith Earls scores their third try during the the Six Nations rugby union global match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland, Saturday Feb. 9, 2019.

Townsend was, however, impressed with the pressure his players applied on Six Nations champions Ireland, restricting the visitors' influence with the boot, usually such an important part of their play.



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