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Scotland's Stuart Hogg runs for the line to score his side's second try during the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PA

Scotland's Stuart Hogg runs for the line to score his side's second try during the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PA

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Ireland player Paddy Jackson dives over to score during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ireland player Paddy Jackson dives over to score during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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Ireland's fly-half Paddy Jackson (R) breaks a tackle during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / Andy BuchananANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland's fly-half Paddy Jackson (R) breaks a tackle during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Andy BuchananANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Ireland's fly-half Paddy Jackson (R) is tackled by Scotland's flanker Hamish Watson during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017.   AFP/Getty Images

Ireland's fly-half Paddy Jackson (R) is tackled by Scotland's flanker Hamish Watson during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017. AFP/Getty Images

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Tommy Seymour of Scotland  vies with Simon Zebo of Ireland during the RBS 6 Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Tommy Seymour of Scotland vies with Simon Zebo of Ireland during the RBS 6 Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Scotland's full back Stuart Hogg (3R) celebrates after scoring a try during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / Andy BuchananANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images

Scotland's full back Stuart Hogg (3R) celebrates after scoring a try during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Andy BuchananANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04:  Scotland player Alex Dunbar puts in a tackle on Rob Kearney during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Scotland player Alex Dunbar puts in a tackle on Rob Kearney during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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Ireland's wing Keith Earls (R) scores a try past Scotland's fly-half Finn Russell during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / Andy BuchananANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland's wing Keith Earls (R) scores a try past Scotland's fly-half Finn Russell during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Andy BuchananANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Tommy Seymour of Scotland  vies with Simon Zebo of Ireland during the RBS 6 Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Tommy Seymour of Scotland vies with Simon Zebo of Ireland during the RBS 6 Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Ireland's flanker Sean O'Brien (L) runs during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / Andy BuchananANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland's flanker Sean O'Brien (L) runs during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Andy BuchananANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Keith Earls of Ireland scores his teams first try during the RBS 6 Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Keith Earls of Ireland scores his teams first try during the RBS 6 Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Keith Earls of Ireland is congratulated after he scores his teams first try during the RBS 6 Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Keith Earls of Ireland is congratulated after he scores his teams first try during the RBS 6 Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Ireland's lock Devin Toner catches a line out ball during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland's lock Devin Toner catches a line out ball during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Ireland's fly-half Paddy Jackson (L) is tackled during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / Andy BuchananANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland's fly-half Paddy Jackson (L) is tackled during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Andy BuchananANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04:  Stuart Hogg runs in his second try during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Stuart Hogg runs in his second try during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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Scotland's Stuart Hogg scores his side's first try during the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PA

Scotland's Stuart Hogg scores his side's first try during the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PA

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Scotland's Stuart Hogg scores his side's first try during the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Scotland's Stuart Hogg scores his side's first try during the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Stuart Hogg of Scotland celebrates after he scores the opening try during the RBS 6 Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Stuart Hogg of Scotland celebrates after he scores the opening try during the RBS 6 Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Ireland's lock Devin Toner catches a line out ball during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland's lock Devin Toner catches a line out ball during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Scotland's wing Sean Maitland (R) runs during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Scotland's wing Sean Maitland (R) runs during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Ireland fans ahead of the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PA

Ireland fans ahead of the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PA

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Scotland fans ahead of the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Scotland fans ahead of the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Scotland fans Shannon Jeffrey and Eilidh Thompson from Banff before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Scotland fans Shannon Jeffrey and Eilidh Thompson from Banff before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Scotland fans Shannon Jeffrey and Eilidh Thompson from Banff before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Scotland fans Shannon Jeffrey and Eilidh Thompson from Banff before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Scotland fans ahead of the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Scotland fans ahead of the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Ireland's hooker Rory Best warms up before the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland's hooker Rory Best warms up before the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Rory Best of Ireland arrives prior to the RBS 6 Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Rory Best of Ireland arrives prior to the RBS 6 Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Joe Schmidt the coach of Ireland arrives prior to the RBS 6 Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Joe Schmidt the coach of Ireland arrives prior to the RBS 6 Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Ireland's Cian Healy (left) and Jamie Heaslip arriving before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Ireland's Cian Healy (left) and Jamie Heaslip arriving before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Rory Best of Ireland arrives prior to the RBS 6 Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Rory Best of Ireland arrives prior to the RBS 6 Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Ireland's Devin Toner arriving before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Ireland's Devin Toner arriving before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Ireland's Josh van der Flier arriving before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Ireland's Josh van der Flier arriving before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Vern Cotter the coach of Scotland arrives prior to the RBS 6 Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Vern Cotter the coach of Scotland arrives prior to the RBS 6 Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Ireland fans Chris Barr, 31 and Elaine Barr, 39 before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Ireland fans Chris Barr, 31 and Elaine Barr, 39 before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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An Ireland fan in the stands before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

An Ireland fan in the stands before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Ireland fans Chris Barr, 31 and Elaine Barr, 39 before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Ireland fans Chris Barr, 31 and Elaine Barr, 39 before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04:  A fan and his child pose before the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: A fan and his child pose before the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04:  A fan and his child pose before the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: A fan and his child pose before the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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Scotland fans drink before the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Scotland fans drink before the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

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An Irish fan waits for the start of the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

An Irish fan waits for the start of the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Scotland fans dance before the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Scotland fans dance before the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on Febuary 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04:  Ireland fans enjoy themselves before the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Ireland fans enjoy themselves before the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04:  Ireland fans enjoy themselves before the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Ireland fans enjoy themselves before the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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Ireland fans embrace before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Ireland fans embrace before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04:  A fan enjoys herself before the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: A fan enjoys herself before the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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Ireland fans embrace before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Ireland fans embrace before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04:  A fan enjoys herself before the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: A fan enjoys herself before the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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Scotland's Huw Jones (left) arriving before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Scotland's Huw Jones (left) arriving before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Scotland's Huw Jones (left) arriving before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Scotland's Huw Jones (left) arriving before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Scotland's John Barclay (left), Greig Laidlaw (centre), Ross Ford (back) and Duncan Weir (right) arriving before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Scotland's John Barclay (left), Greig Laidlaw (centre), Ross Ford (back) and Duncan Weir (right) arriving before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Scotland's John Barclay (left), Greig Laidlaw (centre), Ross Ford (back) and Duncan Weir (right) arriving before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Scotland's John Barclay (left), Greig Laidlaw (centre), Ross Ford (back) and Duncan Weir (right) arriving before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Scotland fans before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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The Scotland team bus arriving before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

The Scotland team bus arriving before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Scotland fans before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Scotland fans before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Scotland and Ireland fans before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Scotland and Ireland fans before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Scotland and Ireland fans before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Scotland and Ireland fans before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Ireland fans before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Ireland fans before the RBS 6 Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Stall traders outside the stadium ahead of the RBS 6 Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 4, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Frustrated Ireland skipper Rory Best was left mystified by his team's slow start to the Six Nations after they fell 27-22 to Scotland in Edinburgh on Saturday.

The visitors had led by a point entering the final 10 minutes but two late Greig Laidlaw penalties ensured it was Scotland who got off to a winning start.

It was Ireland's terrible first half, however, that was of greatest concern for Best with a tricky trip to face Italy in Rome coming up on Saturday.

"The first half was hugely frustrating because basically everything we talked about doing, we didn't do," he lamented.

"We got narrow in defence, we weren't physical. We knew that they would come at us. We knew we needed to get front-foot ball.

"We knew, especially the way their team was, that we had to be accurate at the breakdown and get out ball carriers across the gainline.

"But we didn't do any of that. I suppose the only good thing was that at half-time, we said we hadn't done any of that, so if we could start to do that, we could start to get back into the game.

"We prepared well all week, but it's different preparing and doing it on the day.

"We gave them access but then we also had an opportunity to exit and we turned the ball over."

Ireland had plenty of possession throughout the contest, and a huge advantage in the scrum, but could not convert from some promising positions out of touch.

It was a try from a Scottish line-out that Best found most maddening and he accepted responsibility for that, saying: "Myself and Tadhg Furlong in there just didn't quite cover all the bases you have to at this level.".

The move that irritated Best over Irish failings came when after Stuart Hogg had already ran in two tries, Vern Cotter's men inventively found a third when bringing centre Alex Dunbar into their line-out.

Ireland weren't switched on to the unusual look and all the Glasgow Warrior had to do was catch his hooker's dart and scamper across.

"We were probably a little bit sluggish on that lineout try they scored," reflected Best.

"It was a little bit of a special move where we knew they're a quality side who could come up with. You always prepare for what you've seen before but you also prepare yourself for something you haven't seen.

"I think that summed up where we were probably a little bit behind."

Dunbar himself admitted he was surprised at the ease with which he evaded Irish detection.

"The defenders were there initially and they didn't seem to pay any attention to a centre being in the line-out.

"Johnny (Gray) made the call. It was direct to me and they moved and the gap opened up and I just concentrated on catching the ball.

"When I saw such a gap, I just went for it. I have never done it on a pitch before, we have a few in training like that at Glasgow but the others are for different players, not me."

Best admitted that, with all the momentum on their side, when Ireland took their late lead he felt sure his side would go on to secure the spoils.

"The big thing we said at that point was that we had to keep playing. We had seen in the first-half that when they get the ball, they're very dangerous and unfortunately we just gave up a few penalties, lost field position and they put us under pressure and we gave up another penalty.

"That gave them the lead back reasonably cheaply and the talk was to keep attacking them.

"We know how good they are and we also know how good we are when we go out with that mentality."

Belfast Telegraph