In Pictures: The best images from Ireland's win over Scotland
In the end it was job done as Ireland started their Six Nations campaign with an 18 point victory over Scotland today.
Joe Schmidt will know that there are things to work on and certainly Wales next week will pose a far greater challenge than the limited Scottish outfit, but he will be pleased with the effort and commitment shown throughout.
Tries from Andrew Trimble, Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney were just reward for the home side and indeed were unlucky not to add a couple of more scores after coming out the wrong side of TMO decisions.
All in all, a good day at the office who will take great confidence into the showdown with Warren Gatland’s outfit in six days time.