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Ireland have bounced back from their week one loss to England to notch a hard-fought 22-13 win over Scotland.
Ireland survived the loss of Jonny Sexton to injury in the first half to grind out a tough victory.
Scotland started brightly at Murrayfield but a mix-up at the back gifted the visitors an early try to Connor Murray.
Tommy Seymour threw an unnecessary pass and Murray pounced to score.
Scotland lost Stuart Hogg to injury, and then went further behind after a brilliant set backline play.
A planned move unleashed Jacob Stockdale and he raced away from 45 metres out to touch down.
Ireland took a commanding 12-3 lead in the 17th minute.
But Scotland, after Joey Carberry replaced Sexton, hit back through Russell. The fly-half intercepted Carberry’s pass and offloaded to Sam Johnson for a quality try.
Greig Laidlaw converted to make it 12-10.
Ireland withstood huge pressure right before half-time to keep their two-point buffer at the break.
In the second half the visitors found a second gear to close out the match.
It was the sub Carberry who burst through the middle and set up Robbie Earls for the try in the corner.
In the 62nd minute Laidlaw cut it back to 19-13 with a penalty goal.
But with 12 minutes left Carberry nailed a penalty of his own to take it to 22-13.
Scotland pushed for a response but their handling let them down. The hosts made 14 errors to just seven for Ireland.
The victory moves Ireland up to fourth spot on the Six Nations table with four points.
Ireland bid to get their Six Nations campaign back on track as they visit Murrayfield to meet Scotland. Join The Roar from 1:15am AEDT for live scores and a blog of the match.
Ireland suffered a stunning 32-20 loss in Round 1 in Dublin. Battered and bruised, they will be out to rebound in a positive manner in Round 2.
Scotland notched a solid 33-20 win in Edinburgh over Italy last weekend. The Scots will be full of confidence as they ready to host the Irish on home soil.
Joe Schmidt has made several changes to his squad, with injuries to backs Garry Ringrose and Robbie Henshaw meaning they will miss the match.
In their place Rob Kearney returns at fullback and Chris Farrell comes in at outside centre. There is also several changes in the forwards with Quinn Roux taking the place of the injured Devin Toner at lock.
Jack Conan has replaced CJ Stander at No.8, while Sean O’Brien comes in for Josh van der Flier in the back-row.
Gregor Townsend has made his own changes to his team, surprisingly dropping Blair Kinghorn after he grabbed a hat-trick of tries against Italy.
Kinghorn has been dropped to the bench with Sean Maitland taking his starting spot. Simon Berghan replaced Willem Nel at tight-head, while Jonny Gray takes Ben Toolis’ spot.
Josh Strauss starts at number eight, with Ryan Wilson moving to blind-side.
There is more shuffling on the bench with hooker Fraser Brown taking over from Jake Kerr and D’arcy Rae coming in at tight-head cover with Berghan promoted to the starting team.
Rob Harley replaces Gary Graham as the back-row option, Pete Horne takes over from Adam Hastings as cover at fly-half and centre with Chris Harris omitted from the 23-man squad.
Ireland will be hurting after their stunning loss to England. They need to win this one to have any chance of lifting the Six Nations in 2019.
Ireland to win by 12 points.
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When: 1:15am AEDT
TV: beIN Sports
Betting: Scotland $2.25, Draw $28, Ireland $1.47