Ireland ready to respond, says Farrell

Josh Strauss 'In 2017 we fronted up very well'
Josh Strauss 'In 2017 we fronted up very well'
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12 February, 2019

Sexton limped off after 23 minutes, sparking fears he could miss some of an Irish campaign revitalised by the three tries to one victory following their opening home loss to England.

Head coach Schmidt later downplayed the extent of Sexton's injury as he said: "Johnny failed an HIA, he just banged his head in the build-up to our second try, he just fell pretty heavily".

"I think once you start going looking for intercepts it can be a pretty unsafe game, because Finn Russell is a very smart player, he's very intuitive". "It's just a bit of aggravation after having a knock".

Scotland will meet Ireland in their opening Rugby World Cup Pool A game in Yokohama, Japan on September 22, with the victor in that fixture likely to top the group and avoid a possible quarter-final with defending champions New Zealand.

55 minutes - Carbery glided past two Scotland players, broke into the 22 and floated a pass out to Keith Earls to cross the line.

"That pass release for Jacob's try was ideal, the guy maybe could have got to Jacob if not for that intent in trying to get to Johnny".

"If we want to take the next step, it's games like this we need to win against quality opposition".

"So for Johnny to come back and strike round that side of the ruck might be an option".

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Ireland were fortunate in that a fiery Scotland side failed to translate many of its opportunities into points.

Wily New Zealand coach Steve Hansen hailed Ireland as the world's best team after Schmidt's men toppled the back-to-back world champion All Blacks in Dublin in the autumn.

Conor Murray, Jacob Stockdale and Keith Earls all crossed for Ireland, while Sam Johnson replied for Scotland with Greig Laidlaw posting eight points from the boot.

Schmidt admitted Ireland fell flat in their build-up to their England defeat, but was pleased and relieved to report greater buoyancy and urgency in Edinburgh.

"We felt really good in defence, marched them back numerous times then they scored two really cheap tries".

"It's about our processes and making sure that we learn from the experience last week", said Farrell. "We still have to rely on others in the championship, but we will take stock after the next round and look at what we have to do in the final two".

Scotland conceded seven penalties to six during a scrappy game at Murrayfield but Laidlaw feels that the French official does not see eye to eye with his team. With Stuart Hogg, when a player has kicked the ball you have to get out of his way and not make a tackle.


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