Scotland 7-22 Ireland LIVE! Six Nations 2023 result, match stream, latest updates today
Ireland kept themselves on course for a first Grand Slam since 2018 as they ended Scotland's Triple Crown dream with an impressive second-half performance in Sunday's Guinness Six Nations showdown at BT Murrayfield. A tightly-contested first half in which Huw Jones and Mack Hansen exchanged tries ended with the visitors leading 8-7.
But the world's top-ranked side - who lost four players to injury during the match - scored 14 points without reply after the break as James Lowe and substitute Jack Conan touched down either side of the hour mark, paving the way for an ultimately comfortable 22-7 victory in which Johnny Sexton became the joint-leading points scorer in the tournament's history.
The Irish will secure the Grand Slam if they defeat England in Dublin on Saturday, while the Scots - after opening with back-to-back wins - go into their final match at home to Italy with little to play for other than pride. Read back Scotland vs Ireland in the Six Nations live blog below!
Scotland vs Ireland latest news
TRY! Conan adds a quick third
TRY! Lowe adds no2
TRY! Hansen powers over
TRY! Jones hits back
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81min: That’s it!
A very good day for the Irish, who are still on course for the Grand Slam.
Scotland faded after the break, perhaps the result of a breathless first half.
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79min: That fourth try looking unlikely now. Russell replaced in the final seconds.
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77min: Almost the perfect finale for Ireland as Lowe flies down the left but looks inside and finds Gibson-Park and then Ryan in acres in the centre! He surely just had to run through and score... but Steyn gets back to tackle him.
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75min: Scotland try to launch an attack through Kinghorn but is sent into touch by three Irish opponents.
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73min: We resume in the 73rd minute with a Scotland scrum.
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Big round of applause as Ringrose is stretchered off. He gives the crowd a thumbs up.
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74min: Very concerning scenes at Murrayfield after Ringrose goes under after an attempted tackle.
He appeared to get his head caught as he went down. Medics are checking on him and it is likely he will be stretchered off.
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72min: Ireland chasing that fourth try, and subsequent bonus point, but the pace has certainly dropped in the last few minutes. Scotland lost their drive.
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70min: Sexton won’t be making history today. He is replaced for the final 10 minutes.
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67min: 10 minutes ago, Scotland looked the likeliest to make a breakthrough but now look beaten. Almost going through the motions.
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65min: Scotland need to turn the screw somehow but get their lineout all wrong. Hogg replaced by Kinghorn.
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63min: Another superb Sexton conversation - he’s now the leading Six Nations points-scorer!
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62min: Is this game over? Smart, powerful play from Ireland as Conan holds off two to dive over.
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60min: Ireland in the ascendency and it’s almost try no.3 as Gibson-Park goes for the grubber but gets blocked off. The pack chase down the ball before Scotland clear.
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58min: Sexton converts.
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57min: Patient, patient play from Ireland as Lowe eventually dives over. Huge, huge moment after a spell of superiority from Scotland.
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53min: Change for Ireland as Gibson-Park comes on for Murray.
Scotland with more of the ball at the moment but not doing too much with it at the moment.
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52min: It looks like Healy is playing hooker, so that’s that question answered. Is it still advantage Scotland though?
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50min: Another injury. Kelleher, who himself replaced Sheehan in the first half, is off. Healy is on. A hooker for a prop.
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48min: So the second half starts as frantic as the first.
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46min: Hansen sends the ball long for Ringrose to chase but Russell is up for the run and just gets to the ball first to touch down. Scotland dropout.
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44min: Better from the hosts as they win a scrum inside their own half.
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42min: Not a great restart for Scotland as they are immediately penalised after Fagerson comes in from the side.
Ireland boot the ball over the halfway line.
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41min: Back up and running at Murrayfield.
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Here come the teams.
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One of the best halves of rugby we have seen at this year’s Six Nations. More of the same?
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42min: Almost, almost for Scotland. They work the ball from right to left and are within inches of the Trish try-line before being tackled into touch.
There’s the half-time whistle.
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40min: Heading into added time and Hogg sends a penalty straight into the Irish corner. One last chance before the break with a lineout about eight yards out.
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36min: This doesn't end. Kelleher gets the lineout all wrong and send it straight into Scottish arms, allowing the hosts to boot it down field through Jones.
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33min: Thrilling rugby. Lowe bursts through the ranks as Scotland scramble back... and stop the charge in the 22.
Ireland push on, get to the five-metre line and look to play back into the centre but Hogg has other ideas and slaps the ball out of Sexton's hand.
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29min: Hansen does superbly to get the ball down under pressure from Van der Merwe right in the corner. Sexton fails to convert so it's 8-7 in favour of the Irish.
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28min: TMO will take a look but it looks like Ireland have their first try through Hansen.
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26min: Another injury as Henderson is replaced by Baird.
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25min: Breathless stuff at Murrayfield.
Seemingly out of nothing, Ireland are on the offensive after a big kick into Scotland's 22 isn't goes loose. Ringrose almost gets a hand on it but Scotland clear, just.
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22min: First scrum of the game after the ball cannons off Hogg for a knock on.
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20min: Sheehan is forced off for a HIA. Kelleher is on.
Scotland wins the ball back in the ruck before Sexton is penalised for not releasing. Hogg kicks the penalty deep into the Irish half.
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18min: That is fantastic rugby.
Scotland having more luck down the left and that’s where they drag Ireland before a quick exchange brings Jones through the centre to dive over.
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16min: Dempsey’s carrying takes Scotland through 17 phases before Hogg is tackled into touch. Good reaction from the Scots.
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14min: Conan replaces Doris at No8 for Ireland.
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13min: Ireland up and running with the penalty after being denied a try moments ago.
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9min: All the play in the Scottish half at the moment. Ireland so aggressive and have won another lineout about five yards out.
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6min: Ireland steal Scotland’s lineout to fly about two yards from the try line and look to push over the line... but it’s a NO TRY as it was a new ball for the lineout.
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4min: Scotland have started well and Jones makes 20 metres of so into Ireland's half but Keenan is able to clear a grubber from Russell.
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2min: Worth noting already that Scotland have the wind behind them in the first half, and it’s blowing a gale.
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1min: Young Archie Hogg runs out with the ball and... we're underway at Murrayfield!
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A little bit of rain over Murrayfield with kick-off just a few minutes away. The home crowd currently belting out the national anthem. Genuinely sping-tingling stuff.
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Here comes Stuart Hogg, celebrating his 100th cap, with his three children, Archie, George and Olivia.
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Final squad huddles in the dressing room. Almost time.
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Can anyone stop Ireland?
Today's visitors have scored four tries in each of their last six matches - which has never been matched in Six Nations history.
Truly the best team in the world.
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Here’s how the table looks ahead of kick-off.
Townsend: Form doesn’t matter
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Gregor Townsend is adamant that Scotland's current form is of far more relevance than their grim record against Ireland as the two teams prepare to lock horns.
The Scots have failed to win any of their last seven matches against the Irish and have won only once in the last 12 meetings.
"What's more important is what we're doing just now and what we've learned since the summer, since last year's Six Nations when obviously one of those games was against Ireland," he said.
"What we've put in place since then is more important than how we've played against Ireland in the past. We will look at Ireland and what they've done in their past few games, stretching back to the New Zealand Tests.
"You do look back at games you play against them but we know what they are about. They are very well coached, the contact area is massive for them. They go through a lot of phases and can stretch the opposition and they have an attack shape driven by Jonny Sexton which is all set up to find a weakness, so we have to be together and alive in defence."
Sexton on for history
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Ireland skipper Sexton stands a chance of securing some personal glory this afternoon.
The 37-year-old is closing in on becoming the Six Nations’ all-time leading points scorer. He sits just seven championship points shy of Ronan O’Gara’s record total of 557, having leapfrogged former England international Jonny Wilkinson into second spot last month.
Sexton insists team achievements top individual accolades but concedes surpassing former international team-mate O’Gara would be a “fantastic” bonus.
Will the Scots halt the Irish?
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Captain Johnny Sexton this week claimed Ireland are preparing to face the greatest Scotland team of the Six Nations era. Although there is clearly a healthy respect for the hosts, the Irish have dominated this fixture for a decade. Ireland have won 11 of the last 12 clashes, including seven on the bounce, dating back to 2014.
From an Irish perspective it would be extremely unfortunate timing for their recent supremacy to end. In an intriguing sub-plot, the sides are set to meet again at the autumn World Cup, with the Paris showdown likely to determine which nation progresses from the pool stage. Ireland thumped Scotland 27-3 during the same stage of the 2019 tournament in Japan.
All to play for
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A year ago this weekend, Scotland were in Rome playing a relatively insignificant match against Italy, with their victory meaning little in the grand scheme of things other than ensuring they would not finish with the wooden spoon. This time they go into their penultimate fixture knowing there are huge rewards potentially awaiting them.
If they beat Ireland, they will claim a first Triple Crown since 1990. In addition, a home victory, especially with a bonus point, would take Gregor Townsend's team into their final match at home to Italy with a real chance of winning the Six Nations title.
The Irish are not short of motivation either, however. A win in Edinburgh will leave them on course for the title and a Grand Slam.
Prediction: Narrow Ireland win
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Despite the disappointing final scoreline in Paris in round three, the significant strides Scotland have made over recent months have been undeniable.
With the sublimely-gifted Finn Russell pulling the strings from fly-half, Townsend’s side are an absolute joy to watch in attack for the most part, boasting serious scoring threats all over the park.
However, ruthless Ireland are a different animal altogether and will see their ranks greatly enhanced by the returns of several important players this weekend.
The Men in Green should get a tough test here, perhaps their most difficult, but are too good a team to let their Grand Slam hopes slip away when glory is within reach with just England to come in Dublin.
Ireland to win, by 10 points.
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Ireland XV: Keenan; Hansen, Ringrose, Aki, Lowe; Sexton (c), Murray; Porter, Sheehan, Furlong; Henderson, Ryan; O’Mahony, Van der Flier, Doris.
Replacements: Kelleher, Healy, O’Toole, Baird, Conan, Gibson-Park, Byrne, Henshaw.
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Scotland XV: Hogg; Steyn, Jones, Tuipulotu, Van der Merwe; Russell, White; Schoeman, Turner, Z Fagerson; R Gray, J Gray; Fagerson, Ritchie (c), Dempsey.
Replacements: Brown, Bhatti, Berghan, Cummings, Watson, Price, Kinghorn, Harris.
Ireland team news
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Ireland’s Grand Slam hopes have been given a major boost through the returns of key starters Tadhg Furlong, Johnny Sexton and Garry Ringrose from injury.
All-action hooker Dan Sheehan is also back in the starting XV, along with recalls for veteran flanker Peter O’Mahony and scrum-half Conor Murray.
Jamison Gibson-Park and Robbie Henshaw both come onto the bench, meaning Craig Casey and Stuart McCloskey drop out of the matchday squad altogether.
Tighthead Finlay Bealham is out for the tournament with a knee injury, while Iain Henderson retains his starting berth over Ryan Baird in the second row with Tadhg Beirne sidelined.
Scotland team news
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Scotland are without Edinburgh lock Grant Gilchrist, who was suspended for three weeks following his red card for a high hit to the head of French flanker Anthony Jelonch in Paris.
His place in the second row is taken by Jonny Gray, who lines up alongside older brother Richie. Former skipper Stuart Hogg earns his 100th cap at full-back.
Hamish Watson is only on the bench as Townsend re-orders his back row, bringing in former Australia international Jack Dempsey at number eight, with captain Jamie Ritchie at openside flanker and Matt Fagerson switching to the blindside.
How to watch Scotland vs Ireland
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TV channel: In the UK, Scotland vs Ireland is being televised live on BBC One, with coverage starting from 2:15pm.
Live stream: Fans can also watch the game unfold live online via the BBC iPlayer or BBC Sport website.
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Good afternoon and welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the Six Nations clash between Scotland and Ireland.
This should be a cracker at Murrayfield, with the best Scotland side in recent memory facing off against the strongest Irish squad in even longer.
Ireland are favourites to win this afternoon, but Scotland are more than capable of upsetting the odds in front of their own fans. Claim the Triple Crown today and a first ever Six Nations title is in the offing for today’s hosts.
Stick with us.