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Ireland 28-8 Scotland match report: Joe Schmidt’s men close in on 6 Nations title

Ireland has closed in on the 2018 Six Nations title and kept hopes of a Grand Slam alive following 28-8 bonus-point victory against Scotland in Dublin.

The Irish victory means they will be champions if the English do not also score four tries and win away to France in Saturday’s later match.



Two tries by Jacob Stockdale and further scores by Conor Murray and Sean Cronin secured a deserved Irish win.

Blair Kinghorn scored on his first Test start for Scotland but the visitors were left to rue missed chances.

In a game of unrelenting pace, both teams created opportunities – but it was Ireland who proved more ruthless when it counted.


LINE-UPS
Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Dan Leavy, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 Devin Toner, 4 James Ryan, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rory Best (c), 1 Cian Healy
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Iain Henderson, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Jordan Larmour
Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Blair Kinghorn, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Pete Horne, 11 Sean Maitland, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 John Barclay (c), 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 Simon Berghan, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Gordon Reid
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Willem Nel, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 David Denton, 21 Ali Price, 22 Nick Grigg, 23 Lee Jones
Date: Saturday, March 10
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Kick-off: 14:15 GMT
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand), Luke Pearce (England)

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