HIGHLIGHTS | Ireland outlast Scotland in titanic Six Nations clash

Ireland can secure a first-ever Grand Slam in Dublin this Saturday when they welcome England to the Aviva.

Ireland maintained their Grand Slam hopes with a fourth successive win in the 2023 Guinness Six Nations, overcoming Scotland in BT Murrayfield on Sunday afternoon.

Andy Farrell’s side had tries from Mack Hansen, James Lowe and Jack Conan while restricting the Scots to just one score over the 80 minutes.

The visitors missed out on the bonus point for the first time this campaign but saw out the contest with relative ease after a titanic opening half full of seismic moments.

Ireland were denied a try early on due to an unusual ruling with the wrong ball used in the scoring. They then lost hooker Dan Sheehan to injury with Ronan Kelleher coming in for the Leinster men.

Johnny Sexton kicked the opening score but Scotland responded with the games maiden try, Huw Jones going under the posts. Ireland hit back through Mack Hansen who finished well in the corner.

That left it at 7-8 in Ireland’s favour at the interval.

Kelleher was then forced off with Ireland having to resort to Josh Van Der Flier as an auxiliary hooker at line-out time. Nonetheless, a spirited Irish display was rewarded with a pair of second-half tries, Lowe and Conan going over in opposite corners to keep up their Grand Slam hopes.

Ireland are bidding for a fourth-ever Grand Slam but are yet to win on home soil.

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