Andy Farrell's men have gone back-to-back


They did it the hard way but in the end Ireland secured successive Six Nations titles with a dogged victory over Scotland in a scrappy Super Saturday contest.

Dan Sheehan was gifted his fifth try of the tournament by Scotland’s malfunctioning lineout but Andy Farrell’s men only went in 7-6 up at half-time at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

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Jack Crowley booted them slightly further ahead before a Tadhg Furlong try was controversially chalked off. Eventually, Ireland’s pressure told as Scotland’s replacement hooker Ewan Ashman was sin-binned for offending in the red zone and Andrew Porter scored from the tap-penalty move five metres out to make it 17-6.

Ireland looked to be closing the game out without much fuss until Harry Byrne was yellow carded for head-on-head contact with Finn Russell. Then almost out of nowhere, Huw Jones’s scything run took him under the posts and made it a four-point game with two minutes to go.

Ireland win Six Nations

But Scotland ran out of time, Matt Fagerson’s knock-on conceding possession and James Lowe kicked the ball off to spark the celebratory scenes (and a great deal of relief) as Zombie rang around Lansdowne Road.

Ireland may not have convincingly swept aside a Scotland side who became the first team to lose in Rome for 11 years a week ago, but they got the job done a week after their Grand Slam hopes were ended by Marcus Smith’s drop-goal at Twickenham.

For Gregor Townsend’s men, the long wait for a win in the Irish capital now stretches to 14 years and defeat means they miss out on the chance to win silverware with the Triple Crown on the line.

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There will be some soul-searching within the group, who have been widely lauded as arguably Scotland’s best-ever team and claimed a fourth straight Calcutta Cup against England earlier in the championship.

Soon Farrell’s attention will turn to the tour of South Africa, the World Cup champions and No 1 side, with plenty of motivation to try and dethrone the Springboks. Ireland did win in their last meeting in the 2023 RWC pool-stage before crashing out to New Zealand in the quarters in Paris.

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