Ireland completes the podium of the Autumn Nations Cup. The XV of Clover beat Scotland (31-16) this Saturday afternoon at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
After the seventh place won by Fiji ahead of Georgia, a second classification match of the Autumn Nations Cup took place this Saturday between Ireland and Scotland. The two selections finished in second place in their group and were vying for the bottom step of the podium. At home, on the lawn of the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, the Irish were first penalized on several occasions. Opportunities seized by Scotland and its striker of South African origin Jaco van der Walt to score nine points on three kicks, he who celebrated his first selection this Saturday.
It did not take more to the XV of Clover to react to the foot by Johnny Sexton and in the game by Keith Earls. Just before halftime, the Irish left wing three-quarter took advantage of the passivity of the Scots in their own in-goal to receive a lobbed pass at the foot and flatten. Ireland thus returned to the locker room with two lengths ahead on the scoreboard.
The podium for Ireland!
The turning point certainly came early in the second half when Andy Farrell’s players scored two tries in just seven minutes.. The left pillar Cian Healy first added, on the day of his 104th selection, five more points before Keith Earls does not go to corner his double. The latter thus became the second best scorer in the Irish jersey with 32 units and is now fourteen lengths shorter than the record holder, legend Brian O’Driscoll.
Despite their only try scored by Duhan van der Merwe, Scotland showed too much indiscipline to hope for a comeback. Indeed, the XV of Clover scored two additional penalties through Ross Byrne in the last quarter of an hour and validated his victory (31-16). Victorious, Ireland finished third in the Autumn Nations Cup, leaving Scotland at the foot of the podium.
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