Scotland tour - Lansdowne Road, 15 August 2015, 17:00 local, 16:00 GMT
Ireland (7) 28 - 22 (7) Scotland (FT)

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Hello and welcome to ESPN's live coverage as Ireland take on Scotland in Dublin. The hosts will be buoyed by last week's commanding performance against Wales, and although they are much changed today they will want to put on a show in front of their own fans. Vern Cotter's Scotland are playing their first warm-up match, with several players in an experimental side looking to put their hands up for World Cup selection.

1

We're under way in Dublin, with Ireland on the front foot so far.

2

An early catch for Simon Zebo, making a rare start at full-back for Ireland, as Scotland skipper Henry Pyrgos puts an up and under his way.

3

Knock-on from an Irish player gives Scotland the game's first scrum. Ireland put on the squeeze, but it will be reset.

5

Penalty to Ireland as Scotland are penalised at the ruck for leaving their feet. Ian Madigan kicks towards the corner but Scotland steal the lineout.

6

Scotland struggle to get out of their 22, with Pyrgos eventually clearing his lines.

7

Ireland start to make inroads from the lineout, but a misplaced pass from Zebo towards Luke Fitzgerald on the left wing gives Scotland a throw of their own.

9

Scrum for Scotland, inside their own half. Ireland concede a penalty as they look to put on a shove.

10

Grant Gilchrist makes a mess of distributing from the Scottish lineout, handing back the initiative to the hosts.

11

Zebo gets a sight of open space for the first time but he is brought to earth, just, by Sean Lamont after breezing past Richie Vernon.

13

Scotland go through a few phases in Irish territory but concede a penalty as Fraser Brown is left isolated.

14 5 - 0

Try for Ireland. The men in green start to apply pressure on the Scotland line, and after Fitzgerald and Tommy Bowe create space, the returning Chris Henry crashes over the line.

15 7 - 0

Ian Madigan adds the extras from wide on the left touchline.

16

Another penalty for Ireland at the breakdown. Ireland's try-scorer, Henry, is making his first start for Ireland since undergoing heart surgery late last year. Not a bad way to mark the occasion for the flanker.

18

Ireland look to be in the mood now, but they give away a penalty deep in Scotland territory for being off their feet.

19

Another wayward from lineout from Scotland hands Ireland a scrum.

21

Penalty to Ireland on halfway, Madigan kicks to the corner. The lineout isn't clean but Henry tidies it up and the hosts launch an attack.

22

Sean Cronin almost bursts through the Scottish defence, but just as a try seems inevitable the hooker concedes a penalty. Scotland won't pass up the opportunity to clear their lines.

24

A good take from Zebo as Greig Tonks looks to find Tim Visser with a well-judged cross-field kick. However, a knock on later in the move hands Scotland a scrum in Ireland's half.

26

Ireland are looking pretty dominant at the scrum, not letting Scotland set a platform and winning one of their own in the process.

27

Tommy Bowe rises highest to claim a Madigan kick forward, but Scotland are able to scramble and halt the hosts' attack.

29

Scotland get clean ball from their lineout with Vernon making inroads.

30 7 - 5

Try for Scotland! The visitors finally get some forward momentum, with Dave Denton involved heavily, and some quick hands see Blair Cowan over in the corner.

32 7 - 7

Peter Horne adds the extras and we're level in Dublin.

34

Lineout for Ireland on Scotland's 22 metre line but Fitzgerald loses the ball and the visitors counter.

35

Penalty to Scotland for a late tackle by Dave Kilcoyne.

36

Horne takes aim but he doesn't catch it well and it never really even threatens the posts.

38

Suddenly Scotland are in the ascendancy and are making inroads into the home 22'. However, Jon Welsh finds himself isolated against Sean O'Brien and is penalised for not releasing.

39

The last 10 minutes has been all Scotland, with their back row making some big carries.

40+1

A late lineout for Ireland in Scottish territory but the visitors win a scrum and that is the end of the half. Unsurprisingly not the most cohesive period of rugby you will see but Cotter will be happy with the way his side finished the 40 minutes.

40

We're back under way at the Aviva Stadium, Scotland take the kick off but Ireland are soon on the attack as Pyrgos fires a kick down the throat of Zebo.

41

Jared Payne spots a gap but he is unable to get away from the Scottish defence.

42

First attack for Scotland as Visser takes an Isaac Boss box kick before evading Bowe and offloading to Vernon.

43 7 - 12

Try for Scotland! A solid lineout drive from the visitors and after Ryan Grant and Welsh make inroads, stand-in skipper Pyrgos spots a gap and goes low to score.

44

Horne drags the conversion badly wide.

Grant appears to have hurt himself in the play that led to that try, and is receiving treatment on the pitch. Indeed, the prop is forced off on a stretcher with a protective boot strapped to his right ankle.

45

Bowe stretches his legs down the right wing but as the ball is recycled back in the centre, Ireland lose the ball as Cowan wins it back for Scotland.

46

Mike Cusack comes on for his Scotland debut as Welsh goes off for a head injury assessment.

47

A sliced clearance from Tonks gives Ireland a lineout in an attacking position, but they are unable to make the most of it and Scotland counter.

48

Scotland almost in for a third try. Visser and Denton make yards, before Vernon manages to get his hands on a chip forward. The centre's offload finds a green hand though.

50

Scotland look like they are enjoying themselves at the moment, and Ireland are struggling to get out of their own half at the moment.

52

Madigan puts prop Kilcoyne into some space and Ireland are suddenly on the front foot and into the Scottish 22.

53 12 - 12

Try for Ireland! Madigan kicks a penalty to the corner. Dan Tuohy collects the throw and with a penalty coming Sean Cronin crashes over the line.

55 14 - 12

The Aviva erupts as Paul O'Connell comes on for Tuohy, shortly before Madigan slots his second conversion.

56

The try has lifted the hosts and they immediately look to attack Scotland from the restart.

58

Scotland look to set up camp in Ireland's half but after Blake makes some yards, the men in blue lose the ball at the breakdown.

59 19 - 15

Penalty to Scotland. Horne steps up and drills the ball through the middle of the posts.

Try for Ireland! Dave Kearney's first involvement is to carve his way through the Scots defence before a brilliant offload from Madigan finds Zebo to score.

60 21 - 15

Madigan adds the conversion to hand Ireland a six point lead with less than a quarter of the game left.

62

Tonks makes a good break but he is left isolated.

63 21 - 20

Try for Scotland! Where was the Irish defence? Fitzgerald fails to find touch and Horne dances through the Ireland defence to score.

65 21 - 22

Ruaridh Jackson takes over kicking duties from Horne, and slots over the extras.

67

Lamont's forward pass gives Ireland a scrum just over 10 metres into Scotland's half.

68 26 - 22

Try for Ireland! What a try it was too, an outstanding kick from Madigan lands perfectly for Fitzgerald to gather and run over the line. He didn't even have to break stride.

70 28 - 22

Madigan maintains his 100 percent record off the tee to restore Ireland's six-point lead.

71

Penalty to Ireland as Ross Ford goes off his feet in the tackle.

73

O'Connell claims the lineout and Ireland kick their rolling maul into gear. Just as it looks as though they will steamroll their way to the try line, Denton is penalised as he comes right over the top of the maul.

74

Ireland elect to kick at the posts. Madigan steps up but misses possibly his easiest kick of the afternoon.

76

Scotland have the ball and are desperately trying to move themselves into Irish territory. The home defence is hold firm so far though.

77

Penalty to Scotland as Michael Bent fails to roll away, and it's kicked towards the corner.

78

Scotland attempt to launch an attack from the lineout but Ireland hold firm.

79

Scotland win a very late penalty, and there is just enough time for the lineout...

80+1

Not a clean lineout by any means but Scotland still have the ball and just as they start to drive towards the Ireland line, the ball is knocked on.

Not the comfortable win that had been predicted for Ireland, and Cotter will almost certainly be the happier of the two coaches. Scotland came back from a woeful first 20 minutes to put Ireland under real pressure.

Timeline

Time Ireland  Score  Scotland
0 start of first half start of first half
14 Henry - try 5 - 0
15 Madigan - conversion 7 - 0
30 7 - 5 Cowan - try
32 7 - 7 Horne - conversion
40+1 end of first half end of first half
40 start of second half start of second half
43 7 - 12 Pyrgos - try
44 Reid - sub on
Grant - sub off
46 Welsh - sub off
Cusack - sub on
51 Ross - sub off
White - sub on
Ford - sub on
Brown - sub off
53 Cronin - try 12 - 12
55 Madigan - conversion
Tuohy - sub off
O'Connell - sub on
14 - 12 Harley - sub on
Hamilton - sub off
57 Barclay - sub on
Cowan - sub off
59 Bowe - sub off
Kearney - sub on
Zebo - try
Strauss - sub on
Cronin - sub off
Kilcoyne - sub off
Bent - sub on
19 - 15 Horne - penalty goal
Vernon - sub off
Scott - sub on
60 Madigan - conversion 21 - 15
63 21 - 20 Horne - try
65 Murphy - sub on
Conan - sub off
Boss - sub off
Reddan - sub on
21 - 22 Jackson - conversion
Hidalgo-Clyne - sub on
Pyrgos - sub off
68 Fitzgerald - try 26 - 22
70 Madigan - conversion 28 - 22
77 Zebo - sub off
Jackson - sub on
80+1 end of second half
end of half
end of second half
end of half
0
81

Notes

 
Result Ireland won by a margin of 6 points
 
Ground name Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance 31780
 
Referee P Gauzere (France)
 
Ireland Test debuts JE Conan, NJ White
Scotland Test debuts HP Blake, MPT Cusack

Teams

Ireland Scotland
Tries Henry (14), Cronin (53), Zebo (59), Fitzgerald (68) Tries Cowan (30), Pyrgos (43), Horne (63)
Cons Madigan (15, 55, 60, 70) Cons Horne (32), Jackson (65)
Pens none Pens Horne (59)

Match stats

Ireland   Scotland
4 Tries 3
4 from 4 Conversion goals 2 from 3
0 from 1 Penalty goals 1 from 2
80.0% Kick at goal success 60.0%
0 Dropped goals 0
Kick/pass/run
15 Kicks from hand 13
155 Passes 189
106 Runs 143
291 Metres run with ball 454
Attacking
46% (49%/43%) Possession (1H/2H) 54% (51%/57%)
49% (54%/43%) Territory (1H/2H) 51% (46%/57%)
8 Clean breaks 8
10 Defenders beaten 21
3 Offloads 11
86 from 90 (95.6%) Rucks won 101 from 109 (92.7%)
4 from 5 (80.0%) Mauls won 1 from 2 (50.0%)
16 Turnovers conceded 10
Defensive
147/21 Tackles made/missed 123/10
88.0% Tackling success rate 92.0%
Set pieces
4 won, 1 lost (80.0%) Scrums on own feed 6 won, 1 lost (85.7%)
11 won, 1 lost (91.7%) Lineouts on own throw 9 won, 1 lost (90.0%)
Discipline
8 (1) Penalties conceded (Freekicks) 10 (0)
0/0 Yellow/red cards 0/0

Ire stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB Zebo 1/0 5 0/7/13 38 1 2 0 2 5/1 0/0 1 0/0
W Bowe 0/0 0 1/0/7 28 2 0 0 0 2/1 0/0 0 0/0
C Payne 0/0 0 0/5/5 11 0 0 1 3 12/0 0/0 0 0/0
C D'Arcy 0/0 0 0/6/6 7 1 0 1 0 11/2 0/0 0 0/0
W Fitzgerald 1/0 5 2/3/12 55 1 2 0 2 4/1 0/0 0 0/0
FH Madigan 0/2 8 5/35/5 13 0 0 0 1 13/2 0/0 0 0/0
SH Boss 0/0 0 6/63/4 15 0 0 0 1 7/1 0/0 0 0/0
P Kilcoyne 0/0 0 0/0/9 24 1 1 0 0 7/0 0/0 3 0/0
H Cronin 1/0 5 0/2/8 9 0 1 0 1 10/2 0/0 2 0/0
P Ross 0/0 0 0/1/4 6 0 0 0 1 10/1 0/0 0 0/0
L Toner 0/0 0 0/5/0 0 0 0 0 1 13/1 5/0 0 0/0
L Tuohy 0/0 0 0/1/4 0 0 1 0 0 6/3 3/0 1 0/0
F Conan 0/0 0 0/3/7 13 0 1 1 1 13/0 1/0 0 0/0
F Henry 1/0 5 0/5/9 28 1 0 0 2 13/1 0/0 0 0/0
N8 O'Brien 0/0 0 0/6/6 14 0 0 0 1 7/1 1/0 0 0/0
(H) Strauss 0/0 0 1/0/1 1 0 0 0 0 3/2 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Bent 0/0 0 0/0/1 1 0 0 0 0 1/0 0/0 1 0/0
(P) White 0/0 0 0/4/1 5 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 1 0/0
(L) O'Connell 0/0 0 0/0/2 0 0 0 0 0 4/1 1/0 0 0/0
(F) Murphy 0/0 0 0/1/0 0 0 0 0 0 3/0 0/0 0 0/0
(SH) Reddan 0/0 0 0/8/0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
(FB) Jackson 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0 0/0
(W) Kearney 0/0 0 0/0/2 23 1 2 0 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

Scot stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB Jackson 0/0 2 2/7/12 49 1 1 2 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
W Lamont 0/1 0 0/4/13 66 1 6 1 0 4/0 1/0 0 0/0
C Vernon 0/1 0 1/8/13 41 1 1 3 2 4/1 0/0 0 0/0
C Horne 1/0 10 0/15/12 51 1 1 2 0 10/1 0/0 0 0/0
W Visser 0/0 0 1/2/6 67 2 3 1 0 4/0 0/0 1 0/0
FH Tonks 0/0 0 3/35/7 27 1 4 0 1 11/2 0/0 0 0/0
SH Pyrgos 1/0 5 6/67/4 5 0 0 0 0 3/0 0/0 1 0/0
P Grant 0/0 0 0/1/3 10 0 2 0 0 11/0 0/0 0 0/0
H Brown 0/0 0 0/1/7 7 0 0 0 0 6/0 0/0 2 0/0
P Welsh 0/0 0 0/1/2 3 0 0 0 1 4/1 0/0 2 0/0
L Hamilton 0/0 0 0/1/5 0 0 0 0 0 5/0 3/0 1 0/0
L Gilchrist 0/0 0 0/4/8 7 0 0 0 1 16/1 2/0 0 0/0
F Cowan 1/0 5 0/4/8 18 1 0 0 0 13/0 0/0 1 0/0
F Blake 0/0 0 0/6/7 34 0 1 0 1 12/0 0/0 0 0/0
N8 Denton 0/0 0 0/7/15 55 0 1 2 1 6/0 2/1 1 0/0
(H) Ford 0/0 0 0/2/0 0 0 0 0 1 2/2 0/0 1 0/0
(P) Reid 0/0 0 0/5/2 1 0 0 0 0 4/0 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Cusack 0/0 0 0/0/3 1 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0 0/0
(L) Harley 0/0 0 0/0/2 1 0 0 0 0 4/0 1/0 0 0/0
(F) Barclay 0/0 0 0/2/6 3 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
(SH) Hidalgo-Clyne 0/0 0 0/16/3 5 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0 0/0
(C) Scott 0/0 0 0/1/5 3 0 1 0 1 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

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