Edinburgh - Jacob Stockdale created one and scored a try of his own to inspire
Six Nations champions Ireland to a 22-13 victory over Scotland at
Murrayfield on Saturday to bounce back from an opening loss to England.
The Irish ran in three tries through Conor Murray, Stockdale - the prolific winger's 13th try in 16 Tests - and Keith Earls.
Their joy at the win may be tempered by how serious an injury world player of the year Johnny Sexton suffered in the first-half.
ending a run of seven Scotland home wins in the Six Nations, Joe
Schmidt's side became the first visiting side to record a championship
victory since England in 2016.
Ireland next play Italy in Rome in a
fortnight while the Scots - who lost key player Stuart Hogg to injury
also in the first-half - are away in Paris against France.
and Stockdale struck in the opening 16 minutes of a breathless
first-half in which both teams lost their star men to injury, Hogg
departing after 16 minutes and a battered Sexton with an accumulation of
wounds seven minutes later.
A 28th minute try by Australian-born
centre Sam Johnson helped Scotland narrow the gap to 12-10 by half-time - only for Earls' 55th minute score to nudge Ireland towards a victory
that will lift their morale following their 32-20 loss to England in
Ireland also gained a psychological boost ahead of their
opening World Cup pool match against the Scots in Yokohama in September.
were on the front foot from the off and after six minutes Greig Laidlaw
kicked them in front with a penalty from in front of the posts.
The lead lasted just four minutes.
chipped the ball up the left wing and Tommy Seymour's sloppy pass to
Sean Maitland hit the deck, allowing Murray to collect the loose ball
and bag the opening try after ten minutes.
Sexton was injured in
the move and, after receiving treatment, the Leinster fly-half pushed
his conversion attempt wide of the posts, leaving Ireland in front 5-3.
to that counter attack, Hogg had damaged his shoulder and when the
Scotland full-back made way for Blair Kinghorn Ireland struck again.
Stockdale took a feed from Sexton just inside the Scotland half and the 22-year-old Ulster flyer motored 50m to the line.
Murray assumed kicking duties from Sexton and made no mistake with the conversion, stretching Ireland's lead to 12-3.
left the field with a head injury after 23 minutes and five minutes
later his replacement, Joey Carbery, threw Scotland a chance to let
Scotland back into contention.
In attempting to find centre Bundee Aki, the Munster fly-half only succeeded in feeding Finn Russell.
charging Scotland outside-half was stopped shy of the line by Earls but
popped up a pass for Johnson to score his first international try.
conversion narrowed the gap to 12-10 and Scotland might have gone into
the half-time break with a lead had Ireland not absorbed 25 phases of
pressure with a resolute green wall of defence just before the interval.
Scottish defence produced something similar to repel Ireland early in
the second half, a prolonged multi-phase attack coming to an end with a
thumping tackle on Earls by hooker Stuart McInally.
was some slack Scottish defending that allowed Carbery to burst over
the halfway line before shipping out a long, looping pass for Earls to
score Ireland's third try after 55 minutes.
Carbery nailed the conversion to stretch the lead to nine points.
narrowed the advantage to 19-13 with a second penalty success but
Carbery made it 22-13 with a 68th minute penalty with what proved to be
the final scoring action of the match.
Try: Sam Johnson
Conversion: Greig Laidlaw
Penalties: Laidlaw (2)
Tries: Conor Murray, Jacob Stockdale, Keith Earls
Conversions: Johnny Sexton, Joey Carbery
15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Sean Maitland, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (captain), 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Jamie Ritchie, 6 Ryan Wilson, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 Simon Berghan, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Allan Dell
Substitutes: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 D'Arcy Rae, 19 Ben Toolis, 20 Rob Harley, 21 Ali Price, 22 Pete Horne, 22 Blair Kinghorn
15 Rob Kearney, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 James Ryan, 4 Quinn Roux, 4 Tadhg Furlong, 3 Rory Best (captain), 1 Cian Healy
Substitutes: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Ultan Dillane, 20 Josh van der Flier, 21 John Cooney, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Jordan Larmour