Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Scotland boss Townsend insists he is to blame for defeat by Ireland

Scotland boss Townsend insists he is to blame for defeat by Ireland

In a statement this morning the SRU said: "The Glasgow Warriors forward sustained knee ligament damage in the national team's round two defeat to Ireland at BT Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday and will return to the care of his club's medical team. If you're Gregor Townsend [Scotland coach] you're going "we blew that".

Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw later questioned some of the decisions from French referee Romain Poite.

Johnny Sexton suffered a head injury leaving Joey Carbery to run the game for nearly an hour: the Munster star threw an intercept pass for Sam Johnson's try for Scotland, but conjured the winning score for Earls.

Another stand-out performer for Scotland was Jamie Ritchie, pictured, who put in an enormous back-row shift against Ireland's formidable breakdown specialists.

Carbery nearly gave Scotland its only try from an intercept, but he created the only try in the second half and kicked a penalty to deny the Scots even a losing bonus point at home. Scotland also lost three throw-ins.

"I think it was a different pressure (against Scotland) but we're back now to the pressure that we put on ourselves. Both of the teams" energy levels dropped in the second half because of the effort that they put into the first half.

"They tried their heart out and you never question the courage of this team, that's not what anyone is talking about, or their commitment, but their attack was like watching paint dry".

'I think we have alot of belief about what we're doing, ' Ireland captain Rory Best said after the game.

"The first half showed how good we can be". Ireland just took a grip of that game, raised the stakes.

Scotland next take on France in Paris on 23 February. We launched off a line-out in the second half and Sean O'Brien reached the ball, ' explained Laidlaw.

"We can be better, we can play more rugby, and I'm sure Joe will touch on that when we meet up again". Star fullback Stuart Hogg was hit late by Peter O'Mahony, flew over the Irish flanker, and crashed onto his right shoulder. 'We'll see what will happen over the next few days. "We'll need to be at our best if we are to win over there".

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