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Preview – Scotland v Ireland

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If you can shoot out of the hip then you would bet your money on Ireland to come good against Scotland on Saturday even if it is at Murrayfield but Scotland is no pushover anymore.

Ireland did not just loose against England last weekend they were poor in all aspects of the game.

They were outsmart, outclassed and embarrassed by England at home.

Scotland on the other hand had a great start against Italy until they lost a player to the bin to let it slipped. They are unpredictable which can count for them or against them.

Test rugby can not be played with willy nilly approach, you have to have structure discipline and a good defensive and attacking plan.

Ireland is a structured team and when they dominate in their set pieces they will come out winning. Your mindset and game plan needs to be accurate and structured in all aspects.

If Scotland are going to let Ireland dominate the set pieces they will struggle to stay in the game. England showed that the small battles gives you the opportunity to win the big one’s.

Scotland made four changes to their starting line-up as Townsend added experience to the side in Sean Maitland who recovered from his injury.

He will replace last week hat-trick hero, Blair Kinghorn who moves to the bench.

Maitland will add great value to the back three of Tommy Seymour and Stuart Hogg.

The other changes are in the forward pack with prop Simon Berghan and back-row Josh Strauss start in place of injured forwards Willem Nel (calf) and Sam Skinner (ankle), while Jonny Gray’s recovery from a shoulder injury sees him replace second-row Ben Toolis.

Townsend als made a few changes on the bench, where uncapped prop D’arcy Rae takes the replacement spot vacated by Berghan, while Fraser Brown (hooker) and Pete Horne (centre) return from injury and fellow Warrior Rob Harley is drafted into the matchday 23.

Ireland has made a handful of changes in their starting lineup.

Chris Farrell will make first appearance in the Six Nations, partnering with Bundee Aki in the midfield.

Rob Kearney also got the fifteen jumper for Saturday, with Keith Earls and Jacob Stockdale on the wings.

Due to Devin Toner’s injury, Quinn Roux comes in at lock to partner James Ryan.

This will be a great test for Ireland to see how they can standup from the disappointment of last week lost at home.

Prediction: Would like to see Scotland take a win bit Ireland just too good to loose this one after last week, Ireland by 9 points.

Teams:

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Sean Maitland, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (c), 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Jamie Ritchie, 6 Ryan Wilson, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 Simon Berghan, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Allan Dell
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 D’arcy Rae, 19 Ben Toolis, 20 Rob Harley, 21 Ali Price, 22 Pete Horne, 23 Blair Kinghorn

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Sean O’Brien, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 Quinn Roux, 4 James Ryan, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rory Best (c), 1 Cian Healy
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Ultan Dillane, 20 Josh van der Flier, 21 John Cooney, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Jordan Larmour

 

 

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