Six Nations: Ireland earn hard-fought 22-13 victory over Scotland

Rory Best- Six Nations champions Ireland are feeling the pressure says captain Rory Best ahead of Scotland match

Rory Best- Six Nations champions Ireland are feeling the pressure says captain Rory Best ahead of Scotland match

Ireland claimed their first victory of the 2019 Six Nations on Saturday after a brilliant 22-13 victory over Scotland.

With Scotland back in the game at 10-12, the second half was delicately poised and both teams went into the dressing room still on optimistic of a win.

"We are relying on others, but when it comes to next week [in Italy a week on Sunday] and the final two rounds we don't have to rely on them for how we approach things and how we perform", Schmidt said. "There was a rise in temperature and energy against Scotland from the England game and our defence was excellent".

"They're obviously disappointed, the effort the players put into the first-half was outstanding, how they implemented the game plan we worked on all week and put Ireland under pressure", he said.

"These are the situations you love to be in when you're on the back foot a little bit and have to come out fighting".

Ireland's captain Rory Best hailed a strong performance from Sexton's replacement Carbery, who recovered from throwing an intercepted pass for the only Scottish try to enjoy an influential second half. We should be able to fix those in France.

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"We're going to have to bounce back against France", the 26-year-old said.

Hogg was chasing his kick ahead when Peter O'Mahony appeared to lead with his shoulder and impede him, bumping into Best on his way to the ground.

Joe Schmidt's men found themselves three points down following an early penalty to Scotland, but a huge screw-up yards from the Try line gave Conor Murray the chance to put Ireland 5-3 up before the nerves set in.

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend rued his side's early mistakes and called for more concentration in the remaining three fixtures.

Now with trips to Paris and Twickenham - two venues in which the Dark Blues have never managed an away win during the Six Nations era - sandwiching Wales' visit to Edinburgh, Russell knows his side could be facing another Championship of frustration if they suffer again at the Stade de France in a fortnight's time.

"Scotland are a good team who play in a really positive manner".

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