Saturday, March 10, 2012

6 NATIONS TEST RUGBY: Scotland clash with Ireland

10.03.2012
Scotland v Ireland in Dublin (6 Nations)

Venue: Aviva Stadium

Referee: Christopher Pollock (New Zealand)

  P W D L PF PA PD PT
WALES 3 3 0 0 69 46 23 6
FRANCE 3 2 1 0 70 46 24 5
ENGLAND 3 2 0 1 44 40 4 4
IRELAND 3 1 1 1 50 30 30 3
SCOTLAND 3 0 0 3 36 63 -27 0
ITALY 3 0 0 3 37 91 -54 0

Preview
Ireland in theory are still in with a chance of winning this championship. Good performances against Italy and then a draw against France last weekend suggested this Irish side is beginning to make strides. They will need both France and Wales to lose this weekend for this to happen.

Scotland are just not in the hunt. Close but not close enough has been their lot so far in this championship. It looks likely that they will battle against Italy to avoid the wooden spoon. They are likely to come out fired up against their old foes Ireland. They sprung a surprise win against Ireland at Croke Park in 2010 and nobody would be surprised if they managed a win here Saturday.

Last Five Encounters
06.08.2011 Scotland 10-6 at Murrayfield (World Cup Warm Up)
27.02.2011 Ireland 21-18 at Murrayfield (6 Nations)
20.03.2010 Scotland 23-20 in Dublin (6 Nations)
14.03.2009 Ireland 22-15 at Murrayfield (6 Nations)
23.02.2008 Ireland 34-13 in Dublin (6 Nations)

Ireland Last Five

04.03.2012 v France D 17-17 in Paris (6 Nations)
25.02.2012 v Italy W 42-10 in Dublin (6 Nations)
05.02.2012 v Wales L 21-23 in Dublin (6 Nations)
11.09.2011 v USA W 22-10 in New Plymouth
17.09.2011 v Australia W 15-6 in Auckland

Scotland Last Five
26.02.2012 v France L 17-23 at Murrayfield (6 Nations)
12.02.2012 v Wales L 13-27 in Cardiff (6 Nations)
04.02.2012 v England L 6-13 at Murrayfield (6 Nations)
01.10.2011 v England L 12-16 in Auckland (World Cup, Pool B)
25.09.2011 v Argentina L 12-13 in Wellington (World Cup, Pool B)

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table: Ireland 5th, Scotland 9th
Europe Table: Ireland 2nd, Scotland 5th

IRB Ranking Points
Ireland 80.30, Scotland 74.94

Prediction
Scotland will be a tough but Ireland have been playing so well of late they will win comfortably at home in the end. Ireland by 11 points

Teams

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Scotland

15   Stuart Hogg  Glasgow Warriors
14   Lee Jones Edinburgh Rugby
13   Nicholas De Luca Edinburgh Rugby
12   Graeme Morrison Glasgow Warriors
11   Shuan Lamont Llanelly Scarlets, Wales
10   Greig Laidlaw  Edinburgh Rugby
9   Michael Blair  Edinburgh Rugby
8   David Denton Edinburgh Rugby
7   Ross Rennie Edinburgh Rugby
6   John Barclay  Glasgow Warriors
5   James Hamilton  Gloucester, England
4   Richard Gray Glasgow Warriors
3   Geoffrey Cross  Edinburgh Rugby
2   Ross Ford (Capt)  Edinburgh Rugby
1   Allan Jacobson  Edinburgh Rugby
       
16   Scott Lawson  Gloucester Rugby
17   Euan Murray Newcastle Falcons, England
18   Alastair Kellock  Glasgow Warriors
19   Richard Vernon  Sale Sharks
20   Christopher Cusiter  Glasgow Warriors
21   Ruaridh Jackson  Glasgow Warriors
22   Max Evans Castres, France
       
    COACH: Andy Robinson

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Ireland

15   Rob Kearney  Leinster
14   Tommy Bowe  Neath Swansea Ospreys, Wales
13   Keith Earls Munster
12   Gordon D'Arcy  Leinster
11   Andrew Trimble  Ulster
10   Jonathan Sexton  Leinster
9   Eoin Reddan  Leinster
8   James Heaslip  Leinster
7   Stephen Ferris  Ulster
6   Peter O'Mahony  Munster
5   Donncha O'Callaghan  Munster
4   Donnacha Ryan  Munster
3   Michael Ross  Leinster
2   Rory Best (Capt.) Ulster
1   Cian Healy  Leinster
       
16   Sean Cronin  Leinster
17   Thomas Court  Ulster
18   Michael McCarthy Connacht
19   Shane Jennings Leinster
20   Tom├ís O’Leary Munster
21   Ronan O'Gara  Munster
22   Fergus McFadden  Leinster
       
    COACH: Declan Kidney

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