Sunday, February 2, 2014

SCOTLAND v IRELAND 6 Nations Championship

Scotland v Ireland in Dublin (6 Nations International Championship)

Venue: Aviva Stadium

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)

A rugby test match between Ireland and Scotland usually comes down to a brwwl fest, meaning that a forward sluggout session is on the cards. If that happens Ireland will win.

The Irish forwards are likely to set up a platform for Ireland’s backs to take their opportunities. Brian O’Driscoll will relish such domination and will hopefully enjoy and celebrate his 129th rugby test for Ireland passing the record holder Rohan O’Gara.

Scotland had a miserable November test series and I can’t see things improving for them tomorrow.

Last Five Encounters
24.02.2013 Scotland 12-8 at Murrayfield (6 Nations)
10.03.2012 Ireland 32-14 in Dublin (6 Nations)
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)

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table: Scotland 4th, Ireland 9th
Europe Table: Scotland 4th, Ireland 6th

IRB Ranking Points
Ireland 79.33, Scotland 76.56

Prediction: It will be tough and may not be pretty, but Ireland to just squeeze in by 4 points.



15   Robert Kearney Leinster
14   Andrew Trimble Ulster
13   Brian O'Driscoll  Leinster
12   Luke Marshall Ulster
11   David Kearney Leinster
10   Jonathan Sexton  Racing-Metro 92, France
9   Conor Murray  Munster
8   James Heaslip  Leinster
7   Christopher Henry Ulster
6   Peter O'Mahony  Munster
5   Paul O'Connell (Capt.)  Munster
4   Devin Toner  Leinster
3   Michael Ross  Leinster
2   Rory Best  Ulster
1   Cian Healy  Leinster
16   Sean Cronin  Leinster
17   Jack McGrath  Leinster
18   Martin Moore Leinster
19   Daniel Tuohy Ulster
20   Thomas O'Donnell Munster
21   Isaac Boss Leinster
22   Patrick Jackson Ulster
23   Fergus McFadden Leinster
    HEAD COACH: Joseph Schmidt



15   Stuart Hogg Glasgow Warriors
14   Sean Maitland  Glasgow Warriors
13   Alexander Dunbar Glasgow Warriors
12   Duncan Taylor  Saracens, England
11   Sean Lamont Glasgow Warriors
10   Duncan Weir  Glasgow Warriors
9   Greig Laidlaw  Edinburgh Rugby
8   David Denton  Edinburgh Rugby
7   Kelly Brown (Capt.) Saracens, England
6   Ryan Wilson Glasgow Warriors
5   James Hamilton Montpellier Hérault Rugby, France
4   Timothy Swinson  Glasgow Warriors
3   Moray Low  Glasgow Warriors
2   Ross Ford  Edinburgh Rugby
1   Ryan Grant  Glasgow Warriors
16   Patrick MacArthur  Glasgow Warriors
17   Alasdair Dickinson  Edinburgh Rugby
18   Geoffrey Cross  Edinburgh Rugby
19   Richard Gray  Castres Olympique, France
20   John Beattie  Montpellier Hérault Rugby, France
21   Christopher Cusiter  Glasgow Warriors
22   Mathew Scott Edinburgh Rugby
23   Max Evans  Castres Olympique, France
    HEAD COACH: Scott Johnson 

Both team line ups adapted from

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