Six Nations: Ireland relaunch with win over Scotland

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Brian O'Driscoll has explained what Johnny Sexton can do to extend his rugby career, after the Ireland number 10 encountered a bruising battle in Ireland's win over Scotland this weekend.

He was as frustrated as anyone with the 22-13 defeat to Ireland but immediately focused on that encounter with the country he has made his adopted home at the Stade France, where Scotland haven't tasted victory since 1999. In the couple of minutes leading up to the break, there was a period of play that saw Scotland go through 25 phases deep inside Irish territory without scoring a single point.

Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw later questioned some of the decisions from French referee Romain Poite.

"They tried their heart out and you never question the courage of this team - that's not what anyone is talking about - or their commitment, but their attack was like watching paint dry".

"We can be better, we can play more rugby, and I'm sure Joe will touch on that when we meet up again".

"He seems to be doing quite well now though, so we're hopeful he'll be okay for the next game".

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They have beaten England, Australia, Ireland, France, Wales and Argentina in the past two years, while Edinburgh and Glasgow - who contribute about three quarters of the national team's players - have both reached the last eight of the European Champions Cup, the first time two Scottish clubs have done so.

"Our contact work against a very good defense was outstanding; just that final piece, the execution of set-piece, which has been really good, that fell off the jigsaw today". Obviously, it wouldn't have done much for his confidence [conceding the try to Scotland] but to bounce back like that showed great resilience.

BOD reiterated what needs to occur in Sexton's mindset and game preparation if Ireland are to keep hold of their talisman for a longer time. We're always going to err on the side of caution with those because we want to look after people.

"He's very sore", said Scotland coach Gregor Townsend.

Scotland remain ahead of Ireland in the table but with trips to Paris and Twickenham to come, grounds at which they last won in the Five Nations era, Townsend does not see his side as title contenders. 'He wanted to stay on but his shoulder was not right. "We'll need to be at our best if we are to win over there".

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