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Scotland suffer Wilson injury blow after Ireland 6 Nations defeat

Scotland suffer Wilson injury blow after Ireland 6 Nations defeat

"I'm so proud of the players with the way they played and the effort they put in", he said.

Defending Grand Slam champions Ireland, reeling from a shock loss to England in Dublin in their opener last week, prevailed 22-13 at Murrayfield to reignite their title hopes. Scotland also lost three throw-ins.

"He got control of things and made a nice little break for Earlsy's try and looked really risky in attack".

Despite an initial slow start for Joe Schmidt's side, which saw the host's take the lead via the boot of Greig Laidlaw, Ireland scored two tries within the opening 20 minutes.

Scotland dominated the Irish during the first half but two defensive slips allowed Conor Murray and Jacob Stockdale in to score. "We're relying on other people now [to win the championship], but the one thing we don't have to rely on other people for is how we approach things and how we perform".

Coach Joe Schmidt believed Sexton will be available for the next match at Italy on February 24.

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The try was a double blow to Scotland.

Joey Carbery floated a pass down the right flank to find Earls in the 56th minute, who tapped down the for another five points to push Ireland's tally up to 19.

But Ireland had a firm grip on the ball and the game and Carbery replied in kind to keep his team in control with 10 minutes remaining. Despite matching the team ranked No 2 in the world for long spells, Sam Johnson's first-half try was the only time they managed to breach the Irish defence.

Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton was forced off after being struck by a series of big hits, the heaviest in the build-up to their second try. Scottish hooker Stuart McInally denied his team was demoralized to still go in behind, but admitted they were "knackered" in the second half.

"The first half showed how good we can be". Russell asked. "What changed?" It's not anger, it's 'Why did we have such a good first half and then we didn't play the same way in the second?

"Johnny Sexton got a bit of treatment out there and he got a stamp on the head but he is feeling better and we expect him to be back in the next couple of weeks", the 53-year-old told the BBC.