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Ireland Clings to Six Nations Glory Amid Scotland’s Stoic Defense in Dublin Drama

Ireland successfully defended their Six Nations championship in a dramatic finale against Scotland in Dublin, edging out the visitors in a game marked by intense defense and critical moments.

The match began tensely, with Dan Sheehan scoring for Ireland, only to be countered by two penalties from Scotland’s Finn Russell, leaving Ireland narrowly ahead at halftime.

Despite Ireland’s efforts to extend their lead, Scotland’s defense held firm, disallowing tries from Tadhg Furlong and Robbie Henshaw through TMO decisions. The game’s dynamic shifted when Andrew Porter scored, broadening Ireland’s advantage. However, Scotland’s Huw Jones responded with a try, reigniting the contest’s suspense as the match neared its end.

Ireland managed to hold off Scotland’s late surge, sealing their championship victory and dashing England’s title hopes ahead of their final match against France. The victory was a testament to Ireland’s resilience, bouncing back from a defeat by England the previous week to clinch their sixth Six Nations title.

The match was characterized by Ireland’s struggle for momentum against a formidable Scottish defense, with the first half ending with minimal lead for the home team. Scotland aimed for the Triple Crown, maintaining game balance until the break.

Ireland’s performance in the second half was marked by missed opportunities and Scotland’s solid defense, until Porter’s critical try following a yellow card to Scotland’s Ewan Ashman.

Despite a late try by Scotland’s Jones and a yellow card for Ireland’s Harry Byrne, Ireland managed to secure the win, celebrating another championship on St. Patrick’s weekend. This victory underscores Ireland’s dominance in northern hemisphere rugby, despite missing the chance for a consecutive Grand Slam.

With Andy Farrell, the Irish coach, taking a leave for the British and Irish Lions tour next year, Ireland looks forward to maintaining their high standards in future competitions.

Meanwhile, Scotland reflects on a campaign of mixed outcomes, demonstrating formidable defense but falling short of their Triple Crown and championship aspirations.



Larmour; Nash, Henshaw, Aki, Lowe; Crowley, Gibson-Park; Porter, Sheehan, Furlong; McCarthy, Beirne, O’Mahony (capt), Van der Flier, Doris.

Replacements: Kelleher, Healy, Bealham, Baird, Conan, Murray, H Byrne, Ringrose.

Sin-bin: H Byrne (76)


Kinghorn, Steyn, Jones, McDowall, Van Der Merwe, Russell, White; Schoeman, Turner, Z Fagerson, Gilchrist, Cummings, Christie, Darge, Dempsey.

Replacements: Ashman, Sutherland, Sebastian, Skinner, M Fagerson, Horne, Redpath, Rowe.

Sin-bin: Ashman (65)


Ireland (7) 17

Try: Sheehan (13′), Porter (65′)
Conversion: Crowley (14′, 65′)
Penalty: Crowley (43′)

Scotland (6) 13

Try: Jones (77′)
Conversion: Russell (78′)
Penalty: Russell (8′, 18′)

Man of the match: Jamison Gibson-Park (Ireland)

Referee: Matthew Carley (England)

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