Scotland Beats Ireland to Keep Six Nations Rugby Chances Alive

Scotland beat Ireland 12-8 to get back-to-back wins in rugby’s Six Nations for the first time in 12 years and keep alive its championship challenge.

All Scotland’s points came from penalties by scrum-half Greig Laidlaw yesterday at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. Ireland, which had 71 percent of the possession and spent more than three-quarters of the match in the opposition half, had led 8-0 after fly-half Paddy Jackson kicked a penalty and winger Craig Gilroy got the only try of the game.

“My neck was getting sore looking at one side of the pitch,” Scotland interim head coach Scott Johnson said in comments on the tournament’s website. “We showed some great resolve and great character, but we have to be honest and say that was not perfect from us.”

By following up its 34-10 win against Italy on Feb. 9, Scotland secured successive victories in Europe’s annual international rugby championship for the first time since 2001. The Scots join Wales, who they host in the next round on March 9, with four points in the standings, two fewer than England in first place.

England stayed on course for a so-called Grand Slam sweep of its European rivals two days ago by defeating France 23-13. Wales beat Italy 26-9.

Ireland and Italy each have two points, with France in last place following three straight defeats.

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