Luck stays with the Ir­ish

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

A SU­PERB per­for­mance from vet­eran fly-half Ro­nan O’Gara has in­spired Ire­land to a 21-18 Six Na­tions win over ragged Scot­land at Mur­ray­field. Re­called for his 106th cap, the 33-year-old Mun­ster tac­ti­cian scored 11 points with a try and three con­ver­sions to go along­side first half tries from Jamie Heaslip and Eoin Red­dan. Only Ir­ish gen­eros­ity on the penalty count kept Scot­land in the game with Chris Pater­son send­ing over 15 points with the boot and Dan Parks adding a drop goal. The win keeps Ire­land’s cham­pi­onship hopes alive while Scot­land are now star­ing down the bar­rel of a likely Wooden Spoon show­down with Italy. ‘‘ In the end it comes down to one’s tac­tics and in­ten­sity,’’ said O’Gara.

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