Tuesday 16 July 2019

'Winning the Six Nations made it all the sweeter' - Independent.ie readers give their Ireland vs Scotland memories

Jacob Stockdale of Ireland celebrates after scoring his side's first try against Scotland
Jacob Stockdale of Ireland celebrates after scoring his side's first try against Scotland

Ahead of Ireland's trip to Murrayfield to face Scotland, we asked you for your best memories of the fixture.

"There are so many. The start of a new era in 2000 when O'Gara, Horgan, Easterby and Hayes made their debuts. A young Brian O'Driscoll confirming he was world class with a hat-trick in 2002. Triple Crown success in 2007, which was made more amazing that the team didn't celebrate because they had bigger fish to fry! Kearney's try in the corner in 2008. Winning the Six Nations in Murrayfield in 2015." - Nicolas, Munster fan

"In 2004 when Ireland beat Scotland 37-16 at the old Lansdowne Road. It was Ireland’s first Triple Crown success in 19 years. Gordon D'Arcy scored two tries and was Six Nations player of the tournament, huge fan of him." -Michael, Connacht fan

"Every time we play Scotland, to see the passion and emotion for their national anthem makes the hairs on my neck stand up. It’s my second favourite anthem after our own, Amhrán na bhFiann. #teamofus" - John, Munster fan

"At a game in the old Murrayfield back in the 80’s when the train line ran behind one of the terraces. A train came to a complete stand still on the tracks. The driver and a lot of the passengers spent about 10 minutes watching the match before the train crawled reluctantly on down the line. Thousands of people waved them goodbye. A nice memory even though we (Ireland) lost." -Alan, Leinster fan

"Captain of Scotland scrum half Dougie Morgan (1970’s) going for a try rather than kick a penalty for a draw. I don’t think he played for Scotland after that but a proper sportsman!" – Liam, Leinster fan

"Gary Ringrose’s performance in 2018.  The five-metre attacking scrum with the clock in red was worked out to the left wing as Ringrose wrapped around centre partner Bundee Aki, received the return ball and flashed a pass out to Stockdale, who stepped inside Kinghorn to score." -Derek, Leinster fan

"I have been to Scotland, Lansdowne Road and the Aviva stadium many times. All my favourite memories are going by train on a Friday morning from Middleton to Cork to Heuston station and then the Luas into O'Connell St. I’d have on all my Irish kit with pride. My friends would be with me, and we would have a few Jameson’s on the train just to be ready for our Scottish friends as they are always up for the craic. On Friday night, after a good meal, we’d go to some of our favourite pubs for the Guinness and a sing song. On Saturday morning our heads would be unclear but after a few Aspirin and a good breakfast, we’d head for the stadium to meet up with our Scottish friends for a few drinks, sing song and pray that Ireland would win." -Kevin, Munster fan

"I loved the voice of old Bill McLaren announcing names like Gregor Townsend and the passion he had for the game he adored." -Eimear, Leinster fan

"Ireland putting 40 points on the Scots in Murrayfield to win the championship in 2015. It sticks out as one of my favourite games as an Irish supporter. Wales thought they had it in the bag, but we got the points difference. It was Paul O Connell’s last lift of an Irish trophy too. Good times." – Munster fan

"Jamie Heaslip’s last ditch tackle on Stuart Hogg (2015) when all hope of preventing a try looked spent #nevergiveup" -Alan, Munster fan

"Love Greig Laidlaw and the general diehard nature of the Scots. They have been getting stronger and stronger each year. 2018 was not their year sd Stockdale scored a double during this encounter ensuring Ireland remained unbeaten in the Six Nations with a 28-8 victory in Dublin." -Sara, Leinster fan

"Luckily enough, we've beaten Scotland in 4 out of the 5 last Six Nations games so my memories of late are quite fond. The most pivotal of these being last year’s game of course with Jacob Stockdale running away with two first half tries, the first being a majestic run from deep in his own half. What made it all the sweeter, in my opinion, was the fact it was his first Six Nations with Ireland, the stuff of dreams some would say." -Nicholas, Leinster fan

"My favourite memory had to be attending the game in Murrayfield in 2015 where Ireland clinched the championship. It was a rollercoaster of a day where Ireland racked up a large score difference to better Wales and leave it in England's hands. We were all allowed back into Murrayfield to watch the England vs France game on the big screen and celebrate with the Irish team as France held them to a tight game to secure Ireland the championship. We celebrated with the fans and players long into the night!" -Sean, Connacht fan

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