Scotland flanker Ryan Wilson has been ruled out of the rest of the Six Nations after suffering knee ligament damage in the defeat by Ireland at Murrayfield, the Scottish Rugby Union said on Monday. In the couple of minutes leading up to the break, there was a period of play that saw Scotland go through 25 phases deep inside Irish territory without scoring a single point.
With Scotland back in the game at 10-12, the second half was delicately poised and both teams went into the dressing room still on optimistic of a win.
"They tried their heart out and you never question the courage of this team - that's not what anyone is talking about - or their commitment, but their attack was like watching paint dry".
Conor Murray touched down in the 10th minute after Scotland failed to cope with a chip-and-chase down their right flank, before Jacob Stockdale scored a second try just minutes later. We want to be better. 'Just that final piece, the execution off our set-piece, which has been really good, that fell off the jigsaw today and that's my fault.
"We have a lot of belief", said Ireland skipper Rory Best.
The Scots appeared to have pushed the Irish back in midfield and the ball went loose, but Carbery picked up and slipped through a gap as Allan dell and replacement Rob Harley missed a double tackle.
BOD reiterated what needs to occur in Sexton's mindset and game preparation if Ireland are to keep hold of their talisman for a longer time.
"The first half showed how good we can be. We're relying on other people now [to win the championship], but the one thing we don't have to rely on other people for is how we approach things and how we perform".
His coach Gregor Townsend took responsibility, saying Scotland had to improve their set-pieces.
From our point of view, we were disappointed with it.' Stuart Hogg could be an injury worry for Scotland ahead of the visit to face France in Paris in a fortnight. 'We'll see what will happen over the next few days.