Thursday 29 June 2017

Lise Hand: Try, try, and try again as stubborn Scots are swept away

Rob Kearney is congratulated by team-mates including Jamie Heaslip after scoring Ireland's third try against Scotland. Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Rob Kearney is congratulated by team-mates including Jamie Heaslip after scoring Ireland's third try against Scotland. Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
A young Ireland supporter sings Ireland's Call during the Ireland-Scotland game
Two Ireland supporters pose for a selfie during the Ireland-Scotland game.
Shannon Coco and Simon Greene at the game
Lorraine Heneghan, Donna Cormican, Patricia McGinty and Owen McGinty (13) at the game
Stephanie Kehoe, Erin Byrne, Valerie Timons, Edel Hayden and Lisa Doyle at the game
Father and son Adrian and Diarmuid Nolan at the Ireland-Scotland match
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

THE rain and gales of recent days had faded, leaving in their wake a bright blue sky. The weather in Dublin 4 was cold and calm – perfect conditions for the opening match of Ireland's Six Nations campaign.

But there were little gusts of nervousness blowing around the stands of the Aviva stadium.

They weren't emanating from the Irish team, who were warming up on the immaculate pitch as countdown to the opening match ticked by.

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