Ireland dominate Scotland and finish third in the Autumn Nations Cup

Ireland dominate Scotland and finish third in the Autumn Nations Cup

Matches: 31-16

At the end of an intense match, perhaps the most removed from this Autumn Cup in terms of the pace introduced by both teams, Ireland patiently held on to success in the competition and their place in third place. . Yet the Scots are not disqualified, far from it.

In the first half, it was also Gregor Townsend’s men who impressed the most. Unlike other international squads, the Scots made relatively little use of the kicking game, and when they did, it achieved perfection, not least thanks to Jaco-van der Vault. He incorporated the game from his camp, and was almost successful.

But the branded yellow at Duncan Taylor (30th) center significantly weakened Cardon’s fifteen. In numerical superiority, the Irish followed a playful kick by Keith Earls from Jonathan Sexton’s in-goal (11-9, 37th) just before the break, and eventually took control of the match.

Returning from the locker room, the trifle continued its boom in the fifteenth. First, served well with a pass to Peter O’Mahony (49th), at the end of the line with Sian Healy (43rd), then the inevitable earls. At 25-9, the Scots were doomed for another loss to their Celtic neighbors. But a flash from powerful winger Duhan van der Merwe revived his team before the hour mark (25–16, 56th).


The Scots have not won in Ireland for 10 years. The last time was on 20 March 2010, at Croke Park, as part of a six-nation tournament (20–23).

Fact: Scotland with an African accent

For their trip to Dublin, the Scots took on two South African-born players: Duhan van der Merwe and Jaco van der Walt. The joys of the Caledonian selection had already been revealed beforehand, especially against France (15–22). Against the Irish, the powerful winger (25) did not have much to negotiate, but he was able to exploit one of his rare opportunities to make a good recovery effort alone.

On the other hand, for van der Walt (26), it was the first time. The early half of Edinburgh, selectable since this fall, delivered a serious, enforced copy despite some clumsiness. His kicking, restraint, helped his team a lot in the first half. South Africa also ensured a goal (4/5) in their shots.


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