Six Nations: Farrell starts for Ireland at Scotland

Six Nations: Farrell starts for Ireland at Scotland

Six Nations: Farrell starts for Ireland at Scotland

Scotland beat Ireland 27-22 at Murrayfield in 2017, but have lost five of their last six meetings home and away.

Toner has missed only six Test matches since Joe Schmidt took charge of Ireland in 2013, featuring more regularly than any other player under the Kiwi's stewardship.

"I don't think he's adverse to being attacking or attack-minded".

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"He got into a few contact situations and that position for Jacob Stockdale's pass was an example". I think it was one of our guys who tripped over him.

"He got two knocks so they were cumulative, and he has a swollen ankle, but that's just swelling and he should bounce back from that pretty quickly".

"The thing that probably defined him was his chop-tackle at the end to earn us an opportunity to get the ball back", noted Schmidt. So sometimes that works to our advantage. "And there's no better man to get it in his hands than Jacob".

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"They will look to keep the ball for longer periods of time and put pressure on Scotland when they have the ball".

"There was definitely a rise in temperature, definitely a rise in energy, from last week", said Schmidt.

"Now we've got to make sure we kick on from here".

The hosts will be disappointed not to have capitalised on a promising first half, with only a Greig Laidlaw penalty to show for their efforts after the break as handling errors constantly undermined some typically exuberant attacking play.

"We have got a lot of improving to do and at the same time we had to wear them down you saw how good they were in defence and I think by and large we fronted up to that as we had to".

Stuart Hogg went off with a shoulder injury in an open first half, yet a first global score from Sam Johnson - converted by Laidlaw - reduced the deficit to 12-10 at the break.

Head coach Schmidt echoed the thoughts of his deputy, glad to see his players dig in to get a result in what were trying circumstances.

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