Saturday 1 October 2016

Devin adds the cream to the day as Ireland beat the Scots

Published 20/03/2016 | 02:30

We’ve been spoiled for the last two winning years — so a ‘do or die battle’ with Scotland for third place in the Six Nations didn’t really cut the mustard.

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Nevertheless, there was some hot stuff served up at the Aviva and while the last match of the season didn’t carry the importance of last year’s epic, it did get a royal stamp of approval as Princess Anne of Edinburgh joined fans.

And the first half served up a couple of spicy vignettes.

Keith Earls got a try on his 50th appearance and CJ Stander got his second try in the senior green jersey to cap a hugely impressive maiden season.

For the Scots, a stunning individual effort by the much-capped Stuart Hogg was perhaps the best moment of pure rugby in the first half.

Laidlaw converted but at the break Ireland led 21-13.

ROYAL APPROVAL: Princess Anne of Edinburgh at the Aviva. Photo: Ramsay Cardy
ROYAL APPROVAL: Princess Anne of Edinburgh at the Aviva. Photo: Ramsay Cardy

The boys in green tacked on a few points early in the second but a Scottish try on 56 minutes kept them in the game.

Devin Toner’s great season deserved a try and he dived over, punishing Scotland for going down to 14 men again. Game over. Sexton was sin-binned late and Scotland got a deserved try, but Ireland deserved the 35-25 win.

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