Tuesday 12 December 2017

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

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

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.

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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