Six Nations: Ireland relaunch with win over Scotland

Ireland's Devin Toner attempts an off load

Toner was injured in the 57th minute of the defeat by England in Dublin

Russell's glorious pop-pass from the deck after stealing possession from Joey Carbery set-up Johnson's first Scotland try but despite pushing hard before the break for a second, there was no breakthrough and Keith Earls' second-half score wrapped up Ireland's win.

"It's going to be a different experience from past Six Nations as I have to fly back to France instead of staying in camp here", he explained. John Barclay, Hamish Watson, Matt Fagerson, Sam Skinner, John Hardie, Dave Denton, Magnus Bradbury, Blade Thomson, Luke Hamilton, Lewis Carmichael and Cornell du Preez were all categorised as injured before last weekend's game, although a few of those players could come back into contention before the end of the tournament.

"He's very sore", said Scotland coach Gregor Townsend. We've got to make sure we kick on from here.

"The thing we don't have to rely on other people for is how we prepare ourselves and how we get out and play the week after next, and then in the final two rounds (against France at home and Wales away)". We'll see what will happen over the next couple of days. 'If we were able to replicate it in the second, I think we'd be here with a win.' Laidlaw, meanwhile, was critical of referee Poite, citing one instance of particular injustice as far as the Scotland captain was concerned. "But you have to give credit to them, they took their opportunities".

But after a breathless first half in which the Irish edged 12-10, they scored a third soft try for some breathing room and their defense limited Scotland to just a penalty.

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"I'll be fine if I have to go back to Racing and play during the Championship's week off". Whenever we got into their half we struggled to keep hold of the ball. We're confident that he will bounce back quickly.

"But if we hadn't won this game, we were definitely out of it".

Rory Best praised Ireland for their reaction to defeat against England in Saturday's beating of Scotland, although he acknowledges they still must improve.

"I believe that the way we play will put pressure on any team, whether we're playing at home or away".

"Mentally and emotionally we took a big step forward this week".

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