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Rugby World Cup 2023 | Match Centre | Ireland 36:14 Scotland

Ireland’s relentless march continued as they clinically dismantled Scotland in a dazzling display, securing their 17th consecutive victory and sealing their position at the top of Pool B. This triumph paves the way for a highly anticipated World Cup quarter-final showdown against New Zealand.

The Irish squad wasted no time in making their mark, with James Lowe crossing the try line just two minutes into the game. Scotland faced further adversity as injuries sidelined Blair Kinghorn and captain Jamie Ritchie. Hugo Keenan notched two more tries, while Iain Henderson added another, effectively sealing the contest by halftime. Dan Sheehan and Garry Ringrose also contributed tries, compounding Scotland’s woes, though Ewan Ashman and Ali Price managed to put some points on the board.

Scotland’s loss means that defending champions South Africa advance as runners-up to face Pool A winners France.

Ireland’s remarkable winning streak includes victories over rugby powerhouses like the All Blacks, Springboks, French, English, and now the Scots, who were left humbled and outplayed.

Ireland’s strategy was ruthless, pinpointing Scotland’s vulnerabilities and exploiting them. Their power, precision, and unwavering belief led to a resounding victory, leaving Scotland’s fans disheartened.

Scotland’s early efforts were thwarted by Ireland’s stalwart defense, exemplified by Peter O’Mahony’s heroics on his 100th cap. The Scottish team’s morale dwindled as they missed crucial opportunities to score, while Ireland’s impenetrable defense stood tall.

Ireland’s dominance continued, with Keenan and Ringrose combining for a beautifully executed try. The second half saw Ireland continue to assert their authority, even with a revamped lineup. Their relentless pressure yielded another try, emphasizing their complete control of the match.

Scotland managed to salvage some pride with late tries, but it was too little, too late. The Scots returned home in disarray, while Ireland celebrated their victory, setting their sights on the upcoming clash with New Zealand.

Match Summary

Pool B |Ireland 36:14 Scotland

Ireland Scores:

TRIES James Lowe (2′), Hugo Keenan (26′, 39′), Iain Henderson (32′), Dan Sheehan (44′), Garry Ringrose (58′)
CONV Johnny Sexton (27′, 33′, 40′)

Scotland Scores:

TRIES Ewan Ashman (64′), Ali Price (65′)
CONV Finn Russell (65′, 66′)

Stade de France, Saint-Denis


Nic Berry

Man of the Match:

Lima Sopoaga (Samoa)


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