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Saturday, 19 February, 2000, 19:02 GMT
Record win for rampant Irish

Ireland's Dennis Hickie punches the air at the final whistle
Ireland 44-22 Scotland

Ireland recorded their biggest ever victory over Scotland consigning the defending Six Nations Champions to their second straight defeat.
Six Nations Championship

It was also Ireland's highest number of points in the championship and their first victory over Scotland since 1988.

While Ireland's five debutants did the green jersey proud, with newboy Shane Horgan getting a well-deserved try, it was the old hands of Keith Wood and David Humpreys who did most to inspire the win.

Martin Leslie hands off Ireland's Michael Mullins
Humphreys, introduced as a second-half substitute for new cap Ronan O'Gara, added 12 points within as many minutes of his introduction.

O'Gara had a nervous start, his slips helping Scotland race to a 10-0 lead after 20 minutes, all the points coming from Kenny Logan.

At that stage Ian McGeechan's decision to reprieve Logan and name an unchanged line up from the side which slumped to defeat in Rome appeared justified.

But O'Gara recovered his composure to slot two penalties and a conversion to Malcolm O'Kelly's first international try to give Ireland a 13-10 lead at the interval.

In the second half it was Gatland belief which was rewarded as his new boys forced themselves back on terms almost immediately and then cantered away to the delight of the Lansdowne Road crowd.

Ireland rampaged through the wilting Scots, adding four tries in a twenty minutes burst.

No way through: Ireland's defence tightened up after early slackness
Horgan's score came within a minute of the restart and O' Gara, now oozing confidence, was only five yards in from the touchline but still threaded the conversion to make it 20-10.

Sensing a fightback, Gatland opted to bring off O'Gara for the more experienced Humphreys.

The switch saw Ireland power into another gear, adding three more tries from Brian O'Driscoll, Humpreys himself and Wood, to kill the game off.

Humphreys' try saw Ireland overtake their previous biggest winning margin over Scotland (a 21-0 victory in 1950).

He himself clinched the record by latching onto a loose ball from Gregor Townsend before winning a 60-yard sprint to chase down his own kick.

It was a sign of Scotland's woe that the two men he beat to the ball were both wearing green shirts.

Scotland salvaged some pride, tries from Metcalfe and substitute George Graham reviving the score from 44-10 to 44-22.


Ireland team:

G Dempsey (Terenure College); S Horgan (Lansdowne), B O'Driscoll (Blackrock College), M Mullins (Young Munster), D Hickie (St Mary's College); R O'Gara (Cork Constitution), P Stringer (Shannon); P Clohessy (Young Munster), K Wood (Garryowen, capt), J Hayes (Shannon), M Galwey (Shannon), M O'Kelly (St Mary's College), S Easterby (Llanelli), K Dawson (London Irish), A Foley (Shannon). Replacements: F Sheahan (Cork Constitution), J Fitzpatrick (Dungannon), J Davidson (Castres), T Brennan (St Mary's College), G Easterby (Ebbw Vale), D Humphreys (Dungannon), R Henderson (Wasps).

Scotland team:

G Metcalfe (Glasgow Caledonians); S Longstaff (Glasgow Caledonians), J Mayer (Bristol), G Shiel (Edinburgh Reivers), K Logan (Wasps); G Townsend (Brive), B Redpath (Narbonne); T Smith (Brive), G Bulloch (Glasgow Caledonians), M Stewart (Northampton), S Murray (Saracens), S Grimes (Newcastle), M Leslie (Edinburgh Reivers), B Pountney (Northampton), G Simpson (Glasgow Caledonians). Replacements: J McLaren (Bourgoin), D Hodge (Edinburgh Reivers), A Nicol (Glasgow Caledonians), G Graham (Newcastle), R Russell (Saracens),D Weir (Newcastle), S Reid (Narbonne).

Referee: Joel Dume (France).

Touch judges: Didier Mene (France) and Claudio Giacomel (Italy).

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