He doesn’t seem to like us - Laidlaw unimpressed with referee Poite

Ireland's Kearney set for 6 Nations return - Nine Wide World of Sports

Ireland's Kearney set for 6 Nations return - Nine Wide World of Sports

There was an expectation that he'd be fit to start Saturday's match against Scotland at Murrayfield in the Guinness Six Nations.

It was off the set piece that Ireland looked sharp as they initiated some formidable attacking opportunities, but for all their possession and territory in second half, should have put some more than 10 points on the scoreboard. We had a couple of chances and we took them. Sexton was well marked otherwise, though.

Sexton was forced to admit defeat in his battle to stay in the game, trotting off with a bloodied nose and facial injury.

Carbery had an immediate impact, being read brilliantly by Scotland counterpart Finn Russell for an intercept catch 55 meters out. He sprinted into the Irish 22 and popped it off to Sam Johnson to score (10-12).

Scotland will meet Ireland in their opening Rugby World Cup Pool A game in Yokohama, Japan on September 22, with the victor in that fixture likely to top the group and avoid a possible quarter-final with defending champions New Zealand.

"Ireland are a good enough team to turn things round, look at where they went wrong and rectify that", said Pountney.

Robbie Henshaw has become the latest player to join an ever mounting Ireland injury list.

Laidlaw slotted a penalty to put Scotland first on the board, only for Ireland to strike back through huge fortune. Scotland failed to keep Ireland at bay though, and it wasn't long before Carbery restored the visitors' commanding advantage.

Liam Turner of Ireland is tackled by Matt Davidson of Scotland during the U20 Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Scotland and Ireland at Netherdale in Galashiels, Scotland.

Schmidt last week bemoaned his side's habit of starting slowly having failed to win their opening Six Nations game for the third time in four years, and said on Thursday that the bruising defeat had stung for much of the week.

The try was a double blow to Scotland.

62 minutes - Laidlaw makes no mistake with a penalty out wide on the left flank.

Conor Murray, Stockdale and Earls all crossed for Ireland, with Carbery shrugging off an intercept pass that led to Sam Johnson's try to set up his Munster team-mate Earls for the victor. Conversions: Johnny Sexton, Joey Carbery.

Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 D'arcy Rae, 19 Ben Toolis, 20 Rob Harley, 21 Ali Price, 22 Pete Horne, 23 Blair Kinghorn.

Ireland: Rob Kearney, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best (captain), Tadhg Furlong, James Ryan, Quinn Roux, Peter O'Mahony, Sean O'Brien, Jack Conan.

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