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Ireland A 35-10 Scotland A

Ireland A (14) 35
Tries: Sexton, Penalty, Muldoon, Reddan Cons: Sexton 3 Pens: Sexton 3

Scotland A (3) 10
Try: J Thompson Con: Jackson Pen: Jackson


Darren Cave and Ben Cairns
Scotland A's Ben Cairns tackles Irish centre Darren Cave at the RDS

Ireland A eased to victory over their Scottish counterparts in Friday's encounter at the RDS in Dublin.

Three Jonathan Sexton penalties helped the Irish lead 9-0 and the fly-half then added a try on 26 minutes.

Ruaridh Jackson opened Scotland's account but his side's scrum fell apart after half-time as a penalty-try was followed by a John Muldoon score.

Eoin Reddan added a further Irish try before Jim Thompson replied with the score of the match in injury-time.

Ireland coach Michael Bradley was forced to make a late change to his team with Sean O'Brien replacing his fellow-Leinster flanker Shane Jennings.

O'Brien grabbed his opportunity with some lively play in the loose early on and the Irish pressure yielded two successful penalties for Sexton.

As Irish domination continued, Sexton added a third penalty in the 21st minute and Ryan Caldwell's steal at a ruck then set up a try for the Leinster fly-half five minutes later.

After Caldwell pounced at the breakdown, he passed to the charging O'Brien and Sexton had the simple task of running in the try - although it appeared as though the fly-half had lost control of the ball as he dived over the line.

At 14-0 down, Scotland produced some pressure of their own in the 10 minutes before the break.

Jackson was off-target with a 34th-minute penalty but he did open the visitors' account three minutes before the break.

Ireland's approximate stone-a-man average advantage in the forwards was there for all to see as they killed off the Scots in the 10 minutes after the break.

Eoin Reddan's pressure on Jim Thompson had forced the concession of a five-metre scrum and the Irish claimed a penalty-try as the Scottish front-five disintegrated.

Sexton's conversion increased the Irish lead to 21-3 and Muldoon ran in another try on 50 minutes as the weak Scottish scrum was shown up yet again.

Ireland's superiority continued and Mark McCrea went close to notching another try before the lively Reddan sniped in to score on 63 minutes.

Scotland, with replacement fly-half Gordon Ross impressing, produced later pressure and they were rewarded by the try of the match in injury-time as winger Jim Thompson finished off a sweeping move.



Ireland A: G Duffy, A Trimble, D Cave, K Matthews, M McCrea, J Sexton, E Reddan, C Healy, S Cronin, M Ross, B Casey, R Caldwell, D Ryan, S O'Brien, J Muldoon. Replacements: J Fogarty, J Andress, E O'Donoghue, I Boss, I Humphreys, B Murphy

Scotland A: S Jones, J Thompson, B Cairns, R Dewey, S Lamont, R Jackson, M McMillan, E Kalman, F Thompson, D Young, C Hamilton, D Turner, S Newlands, A McDonald, J Beattie. Replacements: S Lawson, S Corsar, S MacLeod, S Swindall, G Laidlaw, G Ross, A Turnbull

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