Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Scotland lose forward Wilson for rest of Six Nations

Scotland lose forward Wilson for rest of Six Nations

The 36-year-old hooker - who along with his team-mates put in a considerably better performances than in the 32-20 defeat by the English in Dublin - said it had been a challenging week but they had come through. In the couple of minutes leading up to the break, there was a period of play that saw Scotland go through 25 phases deep inside Irish territory without scoring a single point.

"It was chaotic in the first half and Scotland probably enjoyed that better".

Ireland's three tries all resulted from Scottish errors, perhaps with some degree of pressure inflicted from the reigning 6 Nations champions forcing the issue, but not forgivable at this level if the Scots really had serious designs on winning the championship.

"They tried their heart out and you never question the courage of this team, that's not what anyone is talking about, or their commitment, but their attack was like watching paint dry". Cotter made Scotland tougher and took them from 10th in the world to fifth, while Townsend has developed a more adventurous, high-tempo passing style of play. But, with England finishing their campaign with home games against Italy and Scotland - two sides who have not won at Twickenham in the Six Nations era - Ireland need Wales to beat the men in white in the tournament for the first time since 2013 if Joe Schmidt is to achieve a fourth and final title in his six years as head coach.

Coach Joe Schmidt believed Sexton will be available for the next match at Italy on February 24.

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Just as the host's looked destined for a long and disappointing afternoon, Finn Russell broke the Irish XV with electric speed to carry the ball to within touching distance of the try line before being slammed to the deck by Keith Earls.

"There was definitely a rise in temperature, definitely a rise in energy, from last week", Schmidt said.

Scotland's Sam Johnson scores their only try.

The fly-half was trampled on and had to be replaced by Joey Carbery after just 23 minutes. "Ireland took their opportunities", he said. Russell asked. "What changed?" We conceded the try a minute after that and lost one of our best players'. "He got a stamp on the ankle and it was really when they were going on to treat that that they decided he wasn't 100% and that they needed to do a HIA and he didn't pass".

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