Six nations: Ireland battles to victory over Scotland

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Ireland made five changes, four of them enforced through injury, to the team that will travel to Scotland today in a bid to kickstart their Six Nations defence after a disappointing opening loss to England.

Sexton's cute inside ball sent Jacob Stockdale haring clear for Ireland's second try, leaving Schmidt happy with another training-ground ruse come good.

"Robbie has a dead leg and just hasn't recovered in time", said Ireland coach Joe Schmidt.

"That pass release for Jacob's try was flawless, the guy maybe could have got to Jacob if not for that intent in trying to get to Johnny. He got a stamp on the ankle and it was really when they were going on to treat that that they decided he wasn't 100% and that they needed to do a HIA and he didn't pass". So sometimes that works to our advantage.

After 23 minutes in the wars, Sexton was replaced by Joey Carbery and it was the 22-year-old's error that allowed Scotland back into it.

"We need to be able to be flexible, we need to be able to have guys transition in and out as seamlessly as possible so that's an opportunity that's presented itself and maybe there would have been a bit of that anyway".

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"He is up against not only the best stand-off in the world but the best player in the world (Sexton), a key man for a team that has a number of key men".

Ireland: Rob Kearney, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best (captain), Tadhg Furlong, James Ryan, Quinn Roux, Peter O'Mahony, Sean O'Brien, Jack Conan.

"There was definitely a rise in temperature, definitely a rise in energy, from last week", said Schmidt. "But if you get another bump on it, it debilitates you quickly, and then you have to make another change". "We still have to rely on others in the championship, but we will take stock after the next round and look at what we have to do in the final two".

Gregor Townsend took responsibility for Scotland's defeat, admitting his side's attack slipped off in the second half.

If Ireland were playing with hesitancy, Scotland's accuracy was off and they suffered a real blow when Stuart Hogg was forced off injured midway through the first-half.

"You go into the dressing room and you've got characters that are too strong to have that belief dissipate".

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