Scotland V Ireland: Choose Best Combined XV From Starting Teams

Quinn Roux

Quinn Roux

Farrell has struggled with a string of knee injuries since his last Test appearance, a Man-of-the-Match showing in Ireland's 37-27 Six Nations victory over Wales in February 2018.

Not that Joe Schmidt's Ireland will be looking beyond an afternoon of atonement when they line up at Murrayfield, where no visiting side has won in seven successive Six Nations matches.

It was a missed opportunity for us. "He got a little bit of treatment out there, He's feeling okay now, we don't think it's anything long term", Schmidt said in the Irish Independent.

"He copped a stamp at one point; I don't even think it was a Scottish foot, I think it was one of our guys who tripped over him". "The beast within you wants to put it right and that's what we have to go and do this week".

"He got two knocks so they were cumulative, and he has a swollen ankle, but that's just swelling and he should bounce back from that pretty quickly".

Schmidt seemed unfazed about Scotland's plan to target Sexton, saying it sometimes led to space and opportunities for other Irish players.

"That pass release for Jacob's try was ideal, the guy maybe could have got to Jacob if not for that intent in trying to get to Johnny".

Ireland made five changes, four of them enforced through injury, to the team that will travel to Scotland today in a bid to kickstart their Six Nations defence after a disappointing opening loss to England.

"You've got Chris Farrell sitting in the wings, massively motivated to do his best".

Ireland made an unusually high number of handling errors, several times spilling ball in threatening positions, but they also capitalised clinically on their opponents' mistakes - notably when Conor Murray got the first of their three tries after a mix-up between Tommy Seymour and Sean Maitland. We got a peach of a set-piece try and we got a couple of broken field, running tries.

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

The out-half telegraphed his pass to Rory Best just enough for Finn Russell to rush up and intercept and although Keith Earls hunted the Racing 92 play-maker down, he had the presence of mind to pip the ball up to Simon Johnson and Laidlaw narrowed the gap to two points with the conversion.

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