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Six Nations 2010: Ireland x Scotland x compare report

By Brendan Gallagher in Dublin 900AM GMT twenty-one March 2010

Six Nations action Downed Cian Healy is tackled by Sean Lamont in the initial half Photo GETTY IMAGES

Scotland, who have enjoyed no fitness whatsoever in the 2010 Six Nations, avoided the wooden ladle in glorious character with this entirely deserved win in a colourful Celtic dust-up that harked behind to championship matches of old.

Dan Parks was Scotlands match-winner, crowning a stimulating particular opening by nervelessly stepping up with dual mins superfluous to land a horribly missable flog from far-reaching out on the left. He didnt miss a flog and it was a box of third time propitious for the Scots after losing to Wales at the genocide in Cardiff and sketch with England last week. In an additional deteriorate the Triple Crown competence have been theirs.

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On rugbys farewell to Croke Park both sides seemed demob happy and a splendidly entertaining, if chaotic, initial half ensued. Full of the movement and incident, Scotland were especially in the zenith after weathering an early Ireland storm. The hosts, so accurate and clinical in their last dual games, unexpected proposed dropping each critical pass, whilst Scotland, irritable that they were personification to equivocate the wooden spoon, were dynamic to retreat their luck.

The Scots drew initial red blood with a elementary chastisement for Parks but were infirm shortly after to forestall a well-worked try by Ireland captain Brian ODriscoll, his 39th for Ireland, after a sniping run by Johnny Sexton, an general fly-half who is struggling to find his kicking shoes.

The last pass admittedly looked a tad brazen and Scotland could have been forgiven for impiety the rugby gods again, but they rolled up their sleeves in dynamic conform and proceeded to take a clever hold of the game.

Nobody showed some-more deep grown and charge than Scotland No 8 Johnnie Beattie, who replied with a power-packed 30-yard run for a try during that he bulldozed his approach by Paul OConnell, Geordan Murphy and Gordon DArcy. Irresistible from a immature man who is set to turn a vital star.

The scavenging John Barclay was keeping Beattie glorious association as Scotland one after another to win all the 50/50 balls on the deck. The visitors practical the screw prior to half-time with a second chastisement for Parks, who additionally slotted the sweetest of forsaken goals. Seven points up at the mangle and a pursuit well done.

Parks was at it again when they recommenced, pumping home a well struck 45-yard bid only moments after Sexton had longed for his second chastisement of the afternoon. Irelands supporters struck up a quite deplorable Fields of Athenry, that seemed to total up their day. A bizarre small cameo ensued. Ireland won an ungainly chastisement thirty yards out and attempted to get Ronan OGara on but as well late. Sexton stepped up and, ironically, crushed the round home for 3 points, prior to Ireland were eventually authorised to move the Munsterman on to large cheers. Sport can be vicious sometimes.

But it was diversion on, as unexpected Ireland cranked it up and worked Tommy Bowe over for a try awarded in the right corner. The replays seemed to show him lose receive as he reached out and the Irish supporters instinctively groaned as it was replayed on the big screens. Bowe, with a extended grin as he ran back, motioned them to close up. Not that officialdom could shift the preference at that late stage.

Were Scotland to lose out again? Not this time. Nerves were severely tattered by now, with Jamie Heaslip lying offside at a ruck, permitting Parks to find the aim from thirty yards, but afterwards Euan Murray went and annoyed at the subsequent scrum and OGara obliged.

Back to level-pegging with less than five mins remaining. Still Scotland pressed, Rob Kearney was penalised for holding on and Parks, receiving his time, lined up a pig of a kick. He struck it beautifully and unexpected it didnt appear such a bad deteriorate after all for the Scots.

They lingered prolonged after the last alarm as bagpipes struck up from all quarters. A important win and a excellent arise to symbol the depart of Croke Park from the rugby itineraries.

Mostly, it had been a compare finished in heaven. Each diversion had yielded �1 million in additional rent for the Gaelic Athletic Association and the belligerent had supposing a undiluted theatre - with 31,000 some-more spectators than Lansdowne Road - for one of Irelands most appropriate ever rugby teams to strut their stuff. Much some-more than that, it brought together opposite strands of Irish multitude - political, amicable and sporting - in a ground-breaking way. Suspicion and stupidity has left over the last 4 years, to be transposed by mutual respect. On a losing day for Ireland that is still a result.

Match details

Scores First half 0-3 Parks pen, 5-3 ODriscoll try, 7-5 Sexton con, 8-7 Beattie try, 7-11 Parks pen, 7-14 Parks d-g.Second half 7-17 Parks pen, 10-17 Sexton pen, 15-17 Bowe try, 17-17 OGara con, 17-20 Parks pen, 20-20 OGara pen, 20-23 Parks pen.

Ireland G Murphy; T Bowe, B ODriscoll, G DArcy, K Earls; J Sexton, T OLeary; C Healy, R Best, J Hayes, D OCallaghan, P OConnell, S Ferris, D Wallace, J Heaslip. Substitutes T Buckley (for J Hayes 79), R OGara (J Sexton 51), R Kearney (G Murphy 26)Scotland H Southwell; S Lamont, N de Luca, G Morrison, M Evans; D Parks, C Cusiter; A Jacobsen, R Ford, E Murray, J Hamilton, A Kellock, K Brown, J Barclay, J Beattie.Substitutes S Lawson (R Ford 71), A Dickinson (A Jacobsen 65), R Gray (J Hamilton 52), A MacDonald (K Brown 26-33, 50-62}, M Blair (C Cusiter 51), S Danielli (S Lamont 73).Referee J Kaplan (S Africa)


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