Scotland forward Ryan Wilson out for the remainder of Six Nations

Cameron Henderson

Cameron Henderson

"Formula One vehicle, they're a formula one auto, but they were in third gear", Ireland-based Williams on Virgin Media One after Saturday's (Sunday NZ Time) Six Nations clash. Like Japan will need to be at the World Cup, Scotland had to be smarter, more creative and faster - and in the first half it looked like they were well on their way.

Conor Murray, Jacob Stockdale and Keith Earls all crossed as Ireland returned to winning ways a week on from their physical besting in the 32-20 defeat by England in Dublin.

Scotland finally forced some possession in the Irish 22 but Ireland willingly surrendered a soft penalty, and Laidlaw brought Scotland back to six points behind.

"I think it was a different pressure (against Scotland) but we're back now to the pressure that we put on ourselves". He was also relieved by the team's effort. 'With the tackles, carries and contact work at a very high level, you can't keep that up for 80 minutes.

However, it was the Irish who emerged victorious in the second half after another intense 40 minutes of rugby with points harder to come by for both teams. 'Just that final piece, the execution off our set-piece, which has been really good, that fell off the jigsaw today and that's my fault.

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'I think we have alot of belief about what we're doing, ' Ireland captain Rory Best said after the game. Ireland just took a grip of that game, raised the stakes. 'There was one in particular. "We've got a lot of improving to do".

"But we don't strive for all right, we want to be the best we can be and England wasn't it". It should have been play-on. "If you're Gregor Townsend [Scotland coach] you're going "we blew that".

"I'll be fine if I have to go back to Racing and play during the Championship's week off". 'It was a big call in my eyes.

Scotland, who beat Italy in their Six Nations opener, next face France in Paris on February 23.

Scotland have been hit by a triple whammy of injuries following the Ireland match on Saturday. 'He's sore, very sore, ' said Townsend. We'll see what will happen over the next couple of days. It was disappointing, he chipped ahead and got sandwiched between two players. But if we hadn't won here, we were definitely out of it.

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