Ireland's Kearney set for 6 Nations return

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So far, so good, but Ireland then took command of the game with two tries in the ensuing 10 minutes or so.

"We asked for a physical reaction and by and large we got that".

"I think the thing that defined him was the chop tackle at the end that earned us an opportunity to get the ball back".

However, a superb burst from inside his own-half created Ireland's third try, veteran Keith Earls touching down, which he converted and he added a well taken penalty later in the second-half to give the Irish some breathing space.

"Now we've got to make sure we kick on from here".

"It wasn't the prettiest game, but we got a peach of a set-piece try and we restricted them to just an intercept try".

Sam Johnson got himself on the scoresheet to narrow the deficit to just two points as the hosts attempted to get back into the match before the break. "We won't really deviate from that, but we've got to be smart about the times when we play".

Munster's Chris Farrell will make his first Test start in nearly a year when Ireland face Scotland this weekend, with Robbie Henshaw ruled out through a dead leg.

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Schmidt said of Chris Farrell's starting berth: "Robbie [Henshaw] has a dead leg and just hasn't recovered in time".

Rob Kearney returns at full-back, while Jack Conan comes in at No. 8 in the absence of CJ Stander (facial injury).

Meanwhile Chris Farrell partners Bundee Aki in midfield following a Dublin defeat that ended their hopes of back-to-back Grand Slams.

Aki handed Laidlaw the chance to make it a six-point game by playing the ball after he'd been warned by Poite not to, but Ireland finally got their possession game going with a long series on the edge of the Scottish '22 that resulted in a penalty when Josh Strauss went off his feet. The problem is he maybe could have played.

However they were gifted a try seconds later when Stockdale chipped ahead, Tommy Seymour who, under pressure from Chris Farrell, shipped a bad pass to Sean Maitland and Conor Murray pounced to run in the score.

It was back to winning ways for Ireland who overcame the loss of Johnny Sexton to injury in the first half to beat Scotland at Murrayfield.

"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".

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