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Six Nations: Scotland v Ireland as it happened


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By Mark Orlovac

1709: Right then, time for me to say goodbye. Thanks very much for your company and your messages. Keep an eye on the BBC Sport website this evening for all the reaction to today's game. I'll be back to take you through Italy v France and Wales v Ireland on 12 March, until then, take care. I'm now off to see if I can get a ticket for the Shakin' Stevens gig. Rock and roll.

Scotland coach Andy Robinson: "What's disappointing is that there was no sin-binning of Irish players. Something's got to be done about that and how Ireland kept 15 players on the pitch. I was disappointed that one of our players got sin-binned for a scrum. The game is about inches, you've got to make sure the inches are stacked up on your side. The first two tries we conceded were about us allowing Ireland to get the territory. But we saw the commitment was there from the players and the attitude was there."

1705: Coverage may have ended on BBC Two but here's a reminder that the Six Nations forum is continuing on the Red Button and at the top of this page. The Murrayfield report is also up, have a read here.

mrmoo77 on Twitter: "ROG for me deserved the man-of-the-match but Ireland were really lucky how they won with giving away that many penalties I'll never know."

Former Scotland scrum-half Andy Nicol on BBC Two: "Scotland will be kicking themselves, and frankly that's all they could do to score today, they didn't look like scoring and yet they were in this game. Dan Parks made a real difference when he came on. Scotland had a chance to win a game that they had no chance to win with 25 minutes left, it was a gutsy effort at the end, but they are still lacking a bit of inspiration."

1657: Scotland coach Andy Robinson is not happy. Referee Nigel Owens is the focus of his anger as Robbo feels that Ireland should have had a player in the sin-bin as they conceded so many penalties - 12 in all by the way. Keith Wood adds that he did not agree with Jacobsen's yellow card.

Gthecat on Twitter: "If that's anything to go by the English Grand Slam looks pretty certain."

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Taz via text: "Scotland need to stop kicking the ball away. It is school boy rugby which cost them the match."

Man of the match Ronan O'Gara on BBC Two: "At this level the margins are very fine. You lose by one score against France but we've beaten Italy and Scotland by one score. You prepare so much for games but it comes down to what happens on the day and you have to trust your instincts. We were very poor at times but very good at others but essentially it's all about winning and that's what we did."

Keith Wood
BBC pundit Keith Wood on BBC Two: "Ireland's discipline was poor, from the first minute and all the way through the game. The only interesting element was that once Scotland got within three points, there was an incredible attention to detail and they did not concede any penalties in that last 10 minutes. Only a couple of guys stood out, a lot of them were below par."

1646: Phew, Ireland will be breathing a sigh of relief after that. They should have won far more comfortably but indiscipline was again key. They need to cut those penalties out if they are to beat Wales and England.

Full time
FULL-TIME: Scotland 18-21 Ireland

80 mins: Scotland have possession but they turnover the ball. Crucial. Ireland can just play out time. It's all over now, surely. The Irish forwards pick and go without any real desire to make any ground. The clock goes red and Sexton boots the ball out. That's it.

78 mins: Sloppy by Scotland in contact. The ball rolls on the floor and Paul O'Connell dives over it. Ireland ball. They boot it clear, Scotland do the same and the home side bundle the Irish into touch. The Murrayfield crowd make themselves heard. Great play by O'Connell as he nicks the line-out and the pressure is relieved, for now.

77 mins: Scotland in the Ireland 22 now... they are turning the screw. Ireland nick the ball, however, and O'Driscoll batters the ball into touch as he has swamped by two Scotland players. Scotland line-out on the Ireland 40m line. "Three minutes," shouts Owens. This is it now.

74 mins: Tommy Bowe has a bit of green stuff in front of him, he charges up the wing and outside him he has... hooker Sean Cronin. Maybe he would have liked a fellow back out there. Cronin is pushed into touch. Scotland wing Simon Danielli comes on for Walker. Five minutes to go. Tense? You betcha.

72 mins: Mistakes everywhere. Scotland drop the ball twice and Ireland kick it aimlessly. Sexton settles things down with an O'Gara-esque kick over the top of Nikki Walker and into touch in the Scotland half.

70 mins: Game. On. Max Evans breaks through the Ireland defence and Scotland pile forward. The Irish concede a penalty but Parks is in the pocket for the drop-goal... it's a shot to nothing... and he gets it. Crikey. This could be a fun 10 minutes.

70 mins: DROP-GOAL Scotland 18-21 Ireland

68 mins: O'Gara's day is done, Jonny Sexton takes the fly-half jersey.

67 mins: More subs: Nathan Hines and Geoff Cross on for John Barclay and Moray Low for Scotland while O'Callaghan makes way for Leo Cullen. And O'Gara boots the re-start straight out. A rare mistake.

66 mins: Hmmm, this game is not over. Yet another penalty conceded by Ireland. Hands in the ruck this time, the referee does not have a number but we think it is lock Donncha O'Callaghan. Owens threatens to bring out another yellow card. Parks steps up to boot the ball over and it is a six-point game.

66 mins: PENALTY Scotland 15-21 Ireland

64 mins: There's a bit of a lull in Edinburgh at present. Hello! Parks makes a half break and there's a nice bit of offloading involving Mike Blair. But Scotland turn the ball over and Ireland boot it away from their 22.

61 mins: It's that time of the game again. Scotland subs: Rory Lawson on for Blair. Ireland subs: Peter Stringer, Sean Cronin and Denis Leamy on - Reddan, Best and David Wallace off.

60 mins: The difference between the sides is shown within a minute. Scotland keep the ball in hand in their own half when maybe they should have booted it forward, they lose it and O'Gara squirts the ball over the top into the corner right by the Scotland flag to put the home side under pressure again.

58 mins: PENALTY Scotland 12-21 Ireland More Ireland indiscipline. They go off their feet again at a ruck. That's 11 penalties conceded so far. Paterson thumps the ball through the posts.

56 mins: Scotland changes. Dan Parks on for Jackson, Jacobsen returns./CPS:EVENT>
stuartyI82 on Twitter: "O'Brien and a fit Ferris on the same team is a frightening prospect!!! Although as a Irish fan I don't mind!!"

Try graphic
53 mins: Scotland 9-21 Ireland That was coming. Sean O'Brien gets in behind the Scotland defence again. He's had a fine few minutes. Scotland hold on but the damn eventually bursts. Ireland have plenty of numbers out wide and O'Gara holds off Ross Ford to score a simple try. O'Gara converts and he needs only two more points to reach 1000 Test points.

53 mins: TRY Scotland 9-19 Ireland

50 mins: O'Brien has another brutal carry. Ireland are closing in on the Scotland line but O'Driscoll dives in off his feet at a ruck and that's another penalty conceded. BBC analyst Jonathan Davies says Jackson shouldn't be kicking the ball away when Scotland are a man down. "They need to go through the phases," he says.

49 mins: Ireland with the ball now, and O'Brien is on the charge. That's a strong run. He's in the Scotland 22, but Gray picks the ball up and Scotland boot the ball away.

48 mins: Scotland kick forward into the Ireland 22. Earls picks up and breaks out through the defence. He hacks forward and the ball bounces out inside the Scotland half. "Ireland, Ireland," is the chant around Murrayfield.

47 mins: This time Ireland are told off. Loose-head Cian Healy not binding properly. Scotland clear.

46 mins: So here come Ireland again. Reddan picks up from a ruck and makes a darting run. It's a half-break and he offloads in the tackle to O'Brien, who charges to the line but that pass was adjudged to have been forward. Scrum time. Again.

Yellow card
44 mins: And we have another Scottish scrum, not sure why. It's another mess. Owens is getting grumpy now. Penalty to Ireland and Scotland prop Allan Jacobsen sees yellow for not hitting square.

43 mins: One reset, obviously, and then Owens gives the penalty to Ireland. "Hitting low and running round," he shouts to the Scotland front row. The ball is booted to touch, Ireland line-out 30m from the Scots line... and Scotland steal it. Good work Richie Gray.

41 mins: And we are off again. Ronan O'Gara gets things going. Richie Gray on the charge, first time we have seen him around the park today. But the contact area is a mess, the referee awards a turn over to Ireland and there's a scrum. Let's see how many times this takes to get sorted.

Former Scotland scrum-half Andy Nicol on BBC Two: "Scotland are in this game not because of what they have done but because of what Ireland have done. Scotland can still win but they have to play error-free."

jkyles32 on Twitter: "Not good enough from Scotland. Easy tries conceded again - saved only by Irish indiscipline."

aidenjwhite on Twitter: "Ireland looking like they could cut loose in the second half as Scotland tire."

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Conor in York via text: "Much faster ball for Ireland with Reddan at scrum-half than it was with O'Leary against France."

Keith Wood
Former Ireland hooker Keith Wood on BBC Two: "Ireland will be angry with that half having had all the territory. They have given away so much through their own indiscipline. They have scored well and look threatening but their lack of discipline has been appalling."

yewjin_ on Twitter: "O'Gara having a great kicking game as expected. Important, with Sexton breathing down his neck for the number 10 jersey."

1547: A lot to chew on over the break then. Ireland have had 57% of territory but have conceded eight penalties compared to Scotland's two. The home side are still in this because Ireland keep giving them three points. Keith Wood is not happy, more from him in a bit.

Half time
Half-time: Scotland 9-14 Ireland

40+1 mins: Poor drop-out from Scotland. Ireland have the ball and can come again. The ball goes left and there's space... Bowe to Keith Earls... the try line is in sight... but here's Sean Lamont with a try-saving tackle. Brilliant. That's your lot.

40 mins: Penalty to Ireland for hands in the ruck. It's right on halfway and O'Gara's kick has not got the legs. We've got time for one last play.

37 mins: It's all about the top two inches, right? Ireland get the ball around halfway and instead of simply shifting the ball left to his backs, O'Gara switches right and dinks the ball over the top, one bounce, then out into touch inside the Scottish 22. Nice control again from Rog. "He is giving Jonathan Sexton and Jackson a lesson here," says BBC co-commentator Philip Matthews. "He is doing what Scotland should be doing."

35 mins: Ireland applying the pressure now, it all started with a neat offload from inside centre Gordon D'Arcy to Leinster blind-side flanker Sean O'Brien. The men in green are threatening five metres out but O'Gara gets a crash ball and is isolated in the tackle. He is penalised for holding on to the ball and Scotland can clear their lines.

32 mins: Scotland 9-14 Ireland More Ireland indiscipline. Rory Best fails to roll away after tackling a Scotland player in Irish territory and up steps Paterson to kick the three points. That's seven penalties so far conceded by the visitors. I'm getting flashbacks of the France game.

32 mins: PENALTY Scotland 9-14 Ireland

Try graphic
29 mins: Scotland 6-14 Ireland Another soft, soft try conceded by Scotland. Heaslip picks the ball up from the back of the scrum and slams into the Scottish defence. Bodies fly off him, they fail to put him down and he sneaks the ball to Eoin Reddan who runs in from all of three metres out for his first Ireland try. O'Gara adds the conversion.

29 mins: TRY Scotland 6-14 Ireland

28 mins: It's all a bit messy from the line-out. Scotland scrum-half Mike Blair touches the ball down in his own in-goal area. Five-metre scrum to Ireland.

26 mins: Scotland with the ball now, Paterson comes into the line to add a bit of go-forward. He gets clobbered and is down. Scotland cough up the ball and Ireland counter. O'Gara with a cheeky nine iron over the top into touch right by the corner flag. That was very well judged. Paterson is back up thankfully.

24 mins: Thankfully, after a few resets, we have a resolution. Scotland get the penalty for an incorrect bind. Jackson misses touch when he batters the ball forward and Ireland eventually clear.

23 mins: There's a scrum in the middle of the paddock. And it's taking some time. I'll be with you in a minute. Where's Brian Moore to have a rant?

20 mins: Silly. Silly. Scotland prop Moray Low does exactly the same as Heaslip, this time going over the top of a ruck to give a tug to Eoin Reddan's jersey. Penalty. O'Gara with the kick but it sounds a little fat and the ball drifts right of the posts.

17 mins: PENALTY Scotland 6-7 Ireland Another penalty to Scotland. Heaslip grabs John Barclay's shirt over the top of a ruck when Scotland again get into Ireland territory. Here's Paterson from around the 40m mark and he nails it. O'Driscoll has a lecture from referee Nigel Owens, they need to watch themselves here.

16 mins: Well Paterson was never going to miss that was he? Simple as you like. The Edinburgh full-back gets Scotland on the board.

16 mins: PENALTY Scotland 3-7 Ireland

15 mins: Brighter moments for the home side. They start to make inroads into the Ireland 22. The men in green are offiside at a ruck, penalty to Scotland just outside the 22.

Former England skipper Will Carling on Twitter: "What were the Scottish defence doing there? If you blitz/rush - then you all do it otherwise that happens."

11 mins: Just seen a replay of that try. The gap was formed by centres Sean Lamont and Nick De Luca both going for Best, leaving Heaslip completely unmarked.

10 mins: Oh dear. Scotland get a penalty in the centre of the field, they boot the ball into touch but the throw in to the line-out inside Ireland's 22 is not straight and the visitors get the ball back.

Try graphic
6 mins: Scotland 0-7 Ireland Scotland concede early yet again. From the scrum, Ireland camp on the Scotland line. Rory Best is first receiver and he offloads to Jamie Heaslip who runs through a huge gap in the defence to score without a blue shirt placing a hand on him. Too easy. O'Gara adds the extras.

6 mins: TRY Scotland 0-7 Ireland

5 mins: Ireland's turn with the ball now. They have a scrum on halfway and the ball goes wide to O'Gara, who dinks the ball over the top of full-back Paterson into the Scotland 22, with Bowe lurking like a hungry shark. Scrum to Ireland. Big pressure.

2 mins: It's a good attempt from Jackson a long way out but the ball just fades as it nears the posts and falls short.

1 min: Ireland gather the kick and full-back Luke Fitzgerald kicks deep. The hosts enjoy a bit of ball around the halfway line. There's an up and under, Ireland gather but they are offside and the Scots have their first penalty attempt.

1459: Here we go then. By the way, could you refresh this page, I put a photo of the wrong front rower on the Keith Wood comment. Sorry. As the strains of Runrig fade at Murrayfield, Jackson gets the game under way for Scotland.

1455: A perfectly-observed minute's silence for the victims of the Christchurch earthquake... now the anthems.

Keith Wood
BBC Sport pundit Keith Wood: "These are two very nervy teams and it's all about which one gets into their stride first."

1451: Big, big day for Jackson. I'm really interested to see how he gets on today. Against Samoa in Aberdeen back in November, he kicked the late penalty which gave his side a 19-16 victory. Here come the teams...

ThePeteDeBoo on Twitter: "Looking forward to the Scotland - Ireland game, very tough to call based on recent performances."

lauracairnduff on Twitter: "Ireland, IRELAND, together standing tall."

ewanmct on Twitter: "Celtic beaten, Liverpool losing. C'mon Scotland, cheer me up today, eh? Please?"

Scotland coach Andy Robinson on BBC Two: "We have to limit our errors. We have to get at Ireland and keep that pressure on their defence. We are looking to play the right way."

1445: Honours between these two have been even of late, with two wins apiece over the last four games. Last time they met, Scotland stopped Ireland claiming the Triple Crown by winning 23-20 in Dublin - Parks kicking a late winning penalty.

1442: Brian O'Driscoll needs only one more try to equal the Championship record of 24 tries set by Scotland's Ian Smith way back in 1933. BOD is interviewed by Keith Wood and we find out that the Leinster centre has been invited to the Royal wedding. My invite must still be in the post.

1439: Changes at half-back for the Irish too then. Dependable Ronan O'Gara has been called up to bring his experience and control to the fly-half role. The Munsterman will be joined by scrum-half Eoin Reddan - who replaces the injured Tomas O'Leary, while Ospreys wing Tommy Bowe is back in the side after injury, replacing Fergus McFadden.

1437: And to Ireland then. Declan Kidney's men just, and only just, beat Italy on the opening weekend but lost to France in Dublin last time out despite a much improved display and outscoring their opponents three tries to one - indiscipline their downfall.

1433: Unsurprisingly Scotland coach Andy Robinson wielded the axe after that. Youngster Ruaridh Jackson and Mike Blair form the new half-back partnership instead of Dan Parks and Rory Lawson - Jackson making his first start - while lock Richie Gray and number eight Johnnie Beattie come in. Sean Lamont takes the 12 shirt, Nick De Luca moving to 13 in place of the injured Joe Ansbro, kicking machine Chris Paterson starts at full-back for Hugo Southwell while prop Moray Low replaces Euan Murray, who is unavailable because of religious reasons. Think that's it.

1428: Scotland come into this game on the back of that horror show against Wales. The game was about as watchable as an edition of Dancing On Ice. The players held an "honesty session" after an angry Sean Lamont gave a blunt assessment of that display. "It was abysmal - the boys need to go away and have a look at themselves," he said. "I'm sick of it - I want to win something, I really do." So there we are then.

It's sunny
1424: In case you need reminding, kick-off is at 1500 GMT and you can catch the action on BBC Two and on this website from 1430 GMT. There's also the Red Button with various commentary options. Oh, and by the way, I'm just getting telly pictures from Edinburgh and it is a glorious Sunday. Murrayfield is bathed in sunshine.

1420: Murrayfield it is then, a stadium that has not seen a home Six Nations victory since February 2009. Against Italy. Scotland and Ireland have played each other 124 times, the Scots winning 64, Ireland 55 with five draws. What's going to happen today, then? Let me know your thoughts via the usual channels - text on 81111 (UK), via Twitter with the hashtag #BBCSixNations or message me direct on @markorlovac . We haven't got long before kick off so don't delay.

1415: Hello you. A big day for those of a Scottish or Irish persuasion. Both teams in need of victory, starting line-ups with key personnel changes as well as national pride at stake. The perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon. I'm almost as excited about this one as I am about the prospect of Shakin' Stevens playing Shepherd's Bush tonight. I'm all a quiver.

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see also
Scotland 18-21 Ireland
27 Feb 11 |  Rugby Union
Scotland v Ireland photos
27 Feb 11 |  Rugby Union
Robinson angry at referee display
27 Feb 11 |  Scottish
Scots hope honesty pays dividends
24 Feb 11 |  Scottish
Jackson replaces Parks for Scots
23 Feb 11 |  Scottish
Angry Lamont slams Scots players
14 Feb 11 |  Scottish
France 34-21 Scotland
05 Feb 11 |  Rugby Union
Scotland 6-24 Wales
12 Feb 11 |  Rugby Union
Bowe happy to reclaim Irish place
25 Feb 11 |  Irish
O'Gara replaces Sexton for Irish
23 Feb 11 |  Irish
Ireland 22-25 France
13 Feb 11 |  Rugby Union
Italy 11-13 Ireland
05 Feb 11 |  Rugby Union

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