Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw SLAMS referee after Six Nations defeat to Ireland

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw SLAMS referee after Six Nations defeat to Ireland

A host of pundits accused Ireland of lacking a Plan B in the wake of last weekend's 32-20 physical battering at the hands of England.

He said: "If Ireland lose this one, it makes it very tough for them to get anywhere close to winning the competition. It was very disappointing, he got sandwiched between two players", Townsend told reporters.

"That final piece, the execution of set-piece, which has been really good, fell off the jigsaw today".

"And so you can expect people to be saying a lot about how we play, and what Plan A, B, C or D look like". If we had replicated that in the second half, I think we would be here with a win. We gave Ireland the set-piece and they were able to exit their half, and it's always hard to score from deep.

"We restricted them to an intercept try and it was a massive defensive effort".

"So I guess I'll leave them to do their analysis, and we'll keep analysing what we're doing, and trying to improve".

Rob Kearney has returned at full-back after the experiment of moving Henshaw to 15 to face England failed amid Ireland's heavy defeat in Dublin.

Lock Quinn Roux is promoted from the bench with Devin Toner (ankle) also ruled out and flanker Sean O'Brien is preferred to Josh van der Flier.

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Schmidt said of Chris Farrell's starting berth: "Robbie [Henshaw] has a dead leg and just hasn't recovered in time".

Having celebrated the mistake, the Irish forwards doubled-down by winninga scrum penalty but their momentum was stymied when Cian Healy knocked on. The problem is he maybe could have played.

"Now we've got to make sure we kick on from here".

"He is up against not only the best stand-off in the world but the best player in the world (Sexton), a key man for a team that has a number of key men".

"It's a great learning experience for him as well and it shows how resilient he is", said centre Chris Farrell, a provincial team-mate.

However they were gifted a try seconds later when Stockdale chipped ahead, Tommy Seymour who, under pressure from Chris Farrell, shipped a awful pass to Sean Maitland and Conor Murray pounced to run in the score.

Matt Williams, who once coached Scotland and is a former Leinster and Ulster coach, criticised Joe Schmidt's team as "one-dimensional" Irish team despite their 22-13 win over Scotland at Murrayfield.

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