Fiji Time: 9:20 AM on Tuesday 3 May

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Schmidt enjoys first Six Nations victory over Scotland

Afp
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

DUBLIN - Ireland coach Joe Schmidt enjoyed a winning start to his first Six Nations rugby campaign as his team eased to a 28-6 win over a one-dimensional Scotland on Sunday at Lansdowne Road.

Schmidt replaced the sacked Declan Kidney after last year's disappointing tournament and his side turned a shaky 11-3 first-half performance into a more impressive second-half showing.

It will give them some confidence for Saturday's home game against two-time defending champions Wales.

The Irish, hit by the withdrawal just before the match of captain Paul O'Connell with a chest infection, ran in three tries through Andrew Trimble, man of the match Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney.

Both sides had opportunities to score early. Scotland's Greig Laidlaw's long-range penalty come off the upright, then an Irish rolling maul was brought down just short of the Scotland line.

Ireland who opened the scoring after 13 minutes with a Jonathan Sexton penalty.

Scotland continued to attack the Irish line and, on 19 minutes, Laidlaw levelled the scores with a penalty for a breakdown infringement.

On 21 minutes, Scotland were penalised in the lineout and Sexton slotted his second penalty.

Scotland continued to enjoy good possession but were not able to gain territory. Twice they tried to break wide but were quickly closed down by aggressive Irish defence.

Scotland No.8 David Denton went close to crossing the Irish line on 29 minutes when he broke from the scrum inside the Irish 22.

However, opposite number Heaslip was alert and, with some help, managed to bundle Denton into touch.

Maitland was replaced by Max Evans on 31 minutes after the Scotland winger fell awkwardly while contesting the ball in the air.

With individual brilliance, Ireland outhalf Sexton dummied from deep inside his own half then stepped through the Scotland defence.

He sprinted upfield before releasing Heaslip. Despite crossing, the try was not given as his foot was marginally in touch before grounding the ball.

Ireland secured the first try when the forwards set the platform from a lineout maul for the backs to attack.

With quick hands, the ball worked along the backline to Trimble who made no mistake finishing off.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61430.5953
JPY 52.567249.5672
GBP 0.33440.3264
EUR 0.42650.4145
NZD 0.70700.6740
AUD 0.64670.6217
USD 0.49080.4738

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 2nd May 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Sex talk worry
  2. Bullet found on aircraft
  3. Villagers welcome lost son
  4. Church raises sex education worry
  5. Ministry cracks down on illegal tobacco sales
  6. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
  7. Nurses discuss issues
  8. FTU wants screening processes back
  9. Media freedom
  10. SOS to help the young

Top Stories this Week

  1. Horror crash relived Wednesday (27 Apr)
  2. Tale of pain Monday (02 May)
  3. A son's fatal ride Monday (02 May)
  4. Boy needs $500 a week to live Monday (02 May)
  5. Father farewells son Wednesday (27 Apr)
  6. Cracks and holes deem building unsafe Monday (02 May)
  7. 7s eligibility Wednesday (27 Apr)
  8. Mother seeks help Wednesday (27 Apr)
  9. Family, friends bid farewell to car crash victim Monday (02 May)
  10. Rawaca's hospital bill payment saga Thursday (28 Apr)