Sexton and Hogg off early in Six Nations clash

Ireland players walk off the field after last weekend's comprehensive defeat by England

Here's our report card from a thrilling contest. "Every time we run out here, we're representing the people who come to the matches, the people who watch us on TV, not just ourselves". Bundee Aki, 11. Jacob Stockdale, 10.

The Clermont Auvergne scrum-half said: "I think it's good for us being at home when the weather is like this".

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.

"So I guess I'll leave them to do their analysis, and we'll keep analysing what we're doing, and trying to improve".

"We got a lot of our attacking game into play as well as really good decisions, really good work-rate off the ball, which meant we were finding space and the first half". With Stuart Hogg, when a player has kicked the ball you have to get out of his way and not make a tackle.

Hogg, in particular, will be a serious loss for the Scots.

But the 23-year-old Carbery quickly found his place in the script, wriggling free and lofting out a fine pass for Earls to score the winning try.

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Coach Joe Schmidt believed Sexton will be available for the next match at Italy on February 24. Joey Carbery be a class act in his own right, but Sexton's distribution and kicking game is a difference level compared to his younger team-mate.

Sexton converted for 12-3 but then he left.

"I felt like I could have collected it and obviously stopped that try".

16 minutes - A switch back on the inside from Sexton saw Stockdale race in from the halfway line to touch down for his first try of the campaign.

Stockdale has made a habit of picking off wide passes for interception tries, but admitted he can ill afford to take any risks given Scotland fly-half Finn Russell's playmaking talents. Keith Earls chased down the flyhalf, but couldn't stop Russell from finding Sam Johnson with an inspired offload.

Schmidt was phlegmatic on Scotland targeting Sexton, replying: "It was going to happen, and Johnny probably knew he was only going to play 20 minutes so tried to cram it all into one quarter!" Conversion: Greig Laidlaw. Penalty: Laidlaw (2).

Scotland were putting all the crunching hits in early on and looked dominant. That experience will be vital tomorrow: "we need these guys to give us direction - and to not panic when the game is tight".

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