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Saturday, 2 March, 2002, 12:16 GMT
Clockwatch: Ireland 43-22 Scotland
All the Six Nations action as it happens
All the action from Dublin as Brian O'Driscoll confirms his class with a second Six Nations hat-trick as Ireland beat Scotland 43-22 at Lansdowne Road.

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    Full-time score: Ireland 43-22 Scotland

    82 mins: Chris Paterson makes a searing break to feed McLaren, but the centre hasn't got the pace to finish with a try.

    79 mins: Ireland are home and dry as O'Driscoll scores his third try, his second Six Nations hat-trick. Quick ball from an Irish scrum allows the Lions centre to dart between Andrew Henderson and McLaren. Replacement Ronan O'Gara adds the extras to seal only Ireland's second victory over Scotland in 15 matches.
    Ireland 43-22 Scotland

    76 mins: Scotland throw everything at the Irish line with Laney finding gaps from full back, but are grateful to Leslie for recovering Stringer's clearing kick.

    71 mins: Ireland send on Gary Longwell for Galwey, while Kenny Logan replaces Glenn Metcalfe for Scotland.

    70 mins: Scotland gain a glimmer of hope as Leslie is driven over for a try from a forwards charge. Laney converts to maintain his 100% record.
    Ireland 36-22 Scotland

    64 mins: McLaren knocks on a loose Townsend pass on his own 22 and Ireland clinch victory with their fourth try, Horgan and Humphreys combining to send Easterby over. Humphreys misses the conversion attempt.
    Ireland 36-15 Scotland

    62 mins: Veteran Scottish prop George Graham joins the fray as a replacement for Mattie Stewart.

    59 mins: Pountney is sin-binned for deliberately killing Irish ball and Humphreys exacts punishment with his sixth successful kick at goal.
    Ireland 31-15 Scotland

    55 mins: Martin Leslie replaces Jason White in the Scotland back row as Stringer receives treatment for an ankle injury.

    Brian O'Driscoll scores the first of his two first-half tries
    O'Driscoll scores the first of his two first-half tries

    53 mins: Scotland are caught offside in midfield and Humphreys lands another superb penalty, from 42 metres, to extend the Irish lead.
    Ireland 28-15 Scotland

    50 mins: Scotland centre James McLaren is penalised for not releasing and Humphreys thumps home a penalty from half-way to restore Ireland's ten-point lead.
    Ireland 25-15 Scotland

    47 mins: The injured Miller is replaced by Simon Easterby on the blindside flank.

    45 mins: Ireland flanker Eric Miller is penalised for coming in from the side of a ruck and Laney lands his fifth kick at goal from five attempts.
    Ireland 22-15

    43 mins: Number eight Simon Taylor is held up short as the Scots press for a try but a knock-on from Bryan Redpath prevents an almost certain score.

    43 mins: Laney brings the Scots back to within 10 points with his fourth successful penalty, the last kick of the half.
    HT: Ireland 22-12 Scotland

    39 mins: With Scotland attacking on the Irish 22, Laney fails to hold a high pass. O'Driscoll brilliantly scoops up the loose ball and sprints 80 metres for a superb interception try, his second of the match. Humphreys again adds the extras to put Ireland in command.
    Ireland 22-9

    36 mins: Budge Pountney and Mick Galwey have to be separated after fighting breaks out at a ruck, resulting in a penalty to Scotland being reversed.

    34 mins: Ireland send on Shane Byrne for hooker Frankie Sheahan in an attempt to rectify their line-out problems.

    33 mins: Ireland score a second try after stealing possession on the left touchline. Two huge looping passes from Eric Miller and O'Driscoll find Shane Horgan in acres of space, and the right winger sprints in from 30 metres. Humphreys adds the conversion.
    Ireland 15-9 Scotland

    25 mins: O'Driscoll explodes onto a Humphreys cut-out pass through a hole in the Scottish midfield to score the game's first try, following an Irish scrum in the visitors' 22. Humphreys pulls the conversion attempt wide.
    Ireland 8-9 Scotland

    22 mins: Peter Clohessy infringes at a ruck and Laney stretches the Scots' advantage with his third penalty.
    Ireland 3-9 Scotland

    Brendan Laney tries to find a way past David Wallace
    Laney can't find a way through the Irish defence

    21 mins: Ireland are creaking at the set pieces and are penalised for taking the scrummage down.

    18 mins: Scotland win good turn-over ball and make ground up the left flank with Budge Pountney prominent, but the move breaks down with a knock-on.

    14 mins: Ireland prop John Hayes is caught offside as the Scots start to put some phases together and Laney thumps home another long-range penalty.
    Ireland 3-6 Scotland

    10 mins: Ireland captain Mick Galwey is penalised for not staying on his feet at the tackle and Scotland full-back Brendan Laney strikes a superb penalty from 40 metres to level the scores.
    Ireland 3-3 Scotland

    6 mins: A Brian O'Driscoll half-break and Peter Stringer's darting run take Ireland to within sight of the Scottish line, but a forward pass momentarily relieves the pressure.

    3 mins: The Scots come charging back but Gregor Townsend loses the ball in midfield and Denis Hickie's hack up field puts the visitors under renewed pressure.

    1 min: Scotland fall offside in front of their own posts and Humphreys calmly slots the penalty.
    Ireland 3-0 Scotland

    1600 GMT: Ireland fly-half David Humphreys switches the kick-off to the short side to put Scotland under immediate pressure.


    Ireland: G Dempsey (Leinster); S Horgan (Leinster), B O'Driscoll (Leinster), K Maggs (Bath), D Hickie (Leinster); D Humphreys (Ulster), P Stringer (Munster); P Clohessy (Munster), F Sheahan (Munster), J Hayes (Munster), M Galwey (Munster, capt), M O'Kelly (Leinster), E Miller (Leinster), D Wallace (Munster), A Foley (Munster)

    Replacements: S Byrne (Leinster), P Wallace (Leinster), G Longwell (Ulster), S Easterby (Llanelli), G Easterby (Llanelli), R O'Gara (Munster), J Kelly (Munster)

    Scotland: B Laney (Edinburgh); G Metcalfe (Glasgow), J McLaren (Glasgow), A Henderson (Glasgow), C Paterson (Edinburgh); G Townsend (Castres), B Redpath (Sale, capt); T Smith (Northampton), G Bulloch (Glasgow), M Stewart (Northampton), S Murray (Saracens), S Grimes (Newcastle), J White (Glasgow), B Pountney (Northampton), S Taylor (Edinburgh)

    Replacements: G Graham (Newcastle), R Russell (Saracens), M Leslie (Edinburgh), J Petrie (Glasgow), G Beveridge (Glasgow), D Hodge (Edinburgh), K Logan (Wasps)

    Referee: Nigel Whitehouse (Wales)

    Touch judges: Steve Lander (England) and Joel Jutge (France)

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