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We will have wind in our sails, insists Greg Laidlaw

We will have wind in our sails, insists Greg Laidlaw

Sexton was forced to admit defeat in his battle to stay in the game, trotting off with a bloodied nose and facial injury.

However, he was not too happy about the treatment handed out to Sexton.

Stockdale has made a habit of picking off wide passes for interception tries, but admitted he can ill afford to take any risks given Scotland fly-half Finn Russell's playmaking talents.

Ireland finished the half strongly though, to ensure that they went to the break with the lead.

Scotland will meet Ireland in their opening Rugby World Cup Pool A game in Yokohama, Japan on September 22, with the victor in that fixture likely to top the group and avoid a possible quarter-final with defending champions New Zealand.

Townsend said: "We picked up two injuries from last week with WP [Nel] and Sam [Skinner] missing out, which is disappointing for us and them, but have had a boost with a number of proven test players returning from injury and available to us this week".

Laidlaw and Carbery exchanged penalties as Ireland maintained that nine-point advantage, and so it stayed, leaving Ireland mightily relieved to head home with the win.

Laidlaw slotted a penalty to put Scotland first on the board, only for Ireland to strike back through huge fortune.

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"They will look to keep the ball for longer periods of time and put pressure on Scotland when they have the ball".

Ireland will remain in the Six Nations title race.

Their cause was not helped by the team bus being late to the Edinburgh ground, prompting Schmidt to remark after the defeat that "we did not get off the bus".

Conor Murray, Jacob Stockdale and Keith Earls scored tries as the defending champions responded to their opening loss to England with a hard-fought 22-13 victory. Conversions: Johnny Sexton, Joey Carbery.

Sam Johnson scored his first global try in a breathless first half and Laidlaw kicked eight points, but Ireland showed their experience to grind Scotland down after the break. Replacements: F Brown, J Bhatti, D Rae, B Toolis, R Harley, A Price, P Horne, B Kinghorn.

Into the Ireland team comes Jack Conan, Chris Farrell, Quinn Roux and Rob Kearney while Scotland have also made four changes with Sean Maitland, Jonny Gray, Simon Berghan and back-row, Josh Strauss, all named in the team.

Replacements: 16-Sean Cronin, 17-Dave Kilcoyne, 18-Andrew Porter, 19-Ultan Dillane, 20-Josh van der Flier, 21-John Cooney, 22-Joey Carbery, 23-Jordan Larmour.

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