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RBS 6 Nations 2011: Scotland v Ireland Preview

Scotland welcome Ireland at Murrayfield on Sunday 27th February 2011, as the teams face-off in their RBS 6 Nations 2011 clash.

Scotland are still looking for a win in the tournament, while Ireland will be looking to get their Championship back on track after defeat at the hands of France last time.

If Ireland can win this match, they will go into the last game of the tournament (against England at home) still in with a chance of winning the RBS 6 Nations 2011, so they’ll certainly be giving everything for success in this match.

Scotland, on the other hand, have been urged by their coach, Andy Robinson, to repay their supporters with a good performance, following some error strewn defeats at the hands of France and Wales thus far in the 6 Nations.

Scotland v Ireland Team News

Scotland Starting XV

  • 15 Chris Paterson
  • 14 Nikki Walker
  • 13 Nick De Luca
  • 12 Sean Lamont
  • 11 Max Evans
  • 10 Ruaridh Jackson
  • 9 Mike Blair
  • 1 Allan Jacobsen
  • 2 Ross Ford
  • 3 Moray Low
  • 4 Richie Gray
  • 5 Alastair Kellock
  • 6 Kelly Brown
  • 7 John Barclay
  • 8 Johnnie Beattie

Scotland Replacements

  • 16 Scott Lawson
  • 17 Geoff Cross
  • 18 Nathan Hines
  • 19 Richie Vernon
  • 20 Rory Lawson
  • 21 Dan Parks
  • 22 Simon Danielli

Ireland Starting XV

  • 15 Luke Fitzgerald
  • 14 Tommy Bowe
  • 13 Brian O’Driscoll
  • 12 Gordon D’Arcy
  • 11 Keith Earls
  • 10 Ronan O’Gara
  • 9 Eoin Reddan
  • 1 Cian Healy
  • 2 Rory Best
  • 3 Mike Ross
  • 4 Donncha O’Callaghan
  • 5 Paul O’Connell
  • 6 Sean O’Brien
  • 7 David Wallace
  • 8 Jamie Heaslip

Ireland Replacements

  • 16 Sean Cronin
  • 17 Tom Court
  • 18 Leo Cullen
  • 19 Denis Leamy
  • 20 Peter Stringer
  • 21 Jonathan Sexton
  • 22 Paddy Wallace

Match Officials

  • Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
  • Assistant Referee: Andrew Small (England)
  • Assistant Referee: Pascal Gauzere (France)
  • TMO: Maurizio Vancini (Italy)

Scotland v Ireland RBS 6 Nations 2011 – Match Predictions

Scotland have changed things around in an effort to get their faltering campaign off to a belated start. Chris Paterson, their leading points scorer, returns at full-back, while Dan Parks, who drove them to all that they did so well last year, but has gone missing a little of late, has been removed to the bench. Ruaridh Jackson takes his 10 shirt.

Ireland’s team has a similar feel to recent years, and Tommy Bowe will be a key man in his second match back from injury: with the extra sharpness he will have gained last time out, he looks the most likely to score for the visitors, except, of course, for the mercurial Brian O’Driscoll, who is always a threat.

Scotland’s strength in recent seasons has been their discipline, their defence, and their ability to work and take three point opportunities from very little possession and territory. The wheels have fallen off this machine a little this year, as they have looked to get a little more expansive with ball in hand, and have thrown it around – and away – to the opposition, often undoing the good work put in to create a solid platform.

If they repeat this today, against a strong Irish attack, they’ll be undone by 10-15 points.

If, however, we see a return of the Scotland of the Autumn, which played South Africa, we’ll see a hum-dinger of of a match, with the rousing addition of a steadily growing celtic roar in Murrayfield.

Unfortunately for Scotland fans, the evidence points towards the former being the more likely end result from this match.

Ronan O’Gara is back in the Irish starting XV, replacing Sexton, who has failed to take his opportunity to grab the number 10 shirt just yet, which will likely see Ireland taking fewer chances, and more tactical kicking from the visitors, which should work in their favour, as they are particularly adept at stealing line-out ball.

Scotland’s front eight, and the work-rate they put in, is their key strength, so, if they can restrict Ireland’s expansive backs to one or fewer tries, and remain in touch throughout the 80 minutes, there’s always a chance they can grab a result in front of their home fans, however.

Your Predictions

Up until kick-off, you may cast your prediction for who will win this RBS 6 Nations clash below (leave a comment at the bottom with your rationale, when doing so):

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Match Details

Scotland v Ireland will kick-off at 15:00 GMT (16:00 CET) on Sunday 27th February 2011, at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland.

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