Six Nations 2019: Scotland 'must start winning' big games to progress - Russell

Ryan Wilson

Ryan Wilson

Ireland claimed their first victory of the 2019 Six Nations on Saturday after a brilliant 22-13 victory over Scotland.

"When you come up just short against one of the best teams in the world, it's tough".

"They're obviously disappointed, the effort the players put into the first-half was outstanding, how they implemented the game plan we worked on all week and put Ireland under pressure", he said. But, with England finishing their campaign with home games against Italy and Scotland - two sides who have not won at Twickenham in the Six Nations era - Ireland need Wales to beat the men in white in the tournament for the first time since 2013 if Joe Schmidt is to achieve a fourth and final title in his six years as head coach. "These are the situations you love to be in when you're on the back foot and you have to come out fighting".

Conor Murray capitalised on a mix-up between Tommy Seymour and Sean Maitland to score the opening try after Greig Laidlaw put Gregor Townsend's side in front, while Jacob Stockdale added a second for the visitors. We're going to give it all we've got to finish as high as we can.

Ireland led 12-10 at half-time despite spending much of the first half in their 22. Three slip-ups cost us. Whenever we got into their half we struggled to keep hold of the ball.

"We just didn't kick on in the second half, it was pretty flat for both teams, the energy dropped, we were disappointed with the execution, that's on my head as a coach".

Carberry started very shakily, a loose pass easily intercepted and allowing Scotland to charge forward, popping the ball back on the Try line to give Sam Johnson an easy try. Once you make one mistake you make another and it's a snowball effect.

'We have a couple of chances and we took them.

"I'll be fine if I have to go back to Racing and play during the Championship's week off", he said.

"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.

"Joey is a quality player, you don't want to see anyone go off injured, but it's great to see everyone coming off the bench and stepping up", he said. "I think my body will hold up alright".

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