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Ireland revive Six Nations campaign with win over Scotland

Ireland's Jacob Stockdale runs in to score their second try REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Ireland got their Six Nations campaign back on track with a pulsating 22-13 victory over Scotland on Saturday, but the physical encounter meant both sides lost players to injury early on.

Scotland’s livewire fullback Stuart Hogg and Ireland’s flyhalf and world player of the year Jonathan Sexton limped off in a close first half, during which the visitors outscored Scotland with two tries to one through Conor Murray and Jacob Stockdale.

Ireland, beaten by England in the opening game last weekend, added a third try after the break at Murrayfield as replacement flyhalf Joey Carbery sliced through a gap before flinging a wide pass for winger Keith Earls to score.

While Scotland hammered away at the Irish defence on a cool, clear afternoon that defied pre-game expectations of high winds from storm Erik, the home side could not add to a single try from centre Sam Johnson.

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