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Six Nations: Stockdale double helps Ireland to bonus point win over Scotland

Ireland 28-8 Scotland

By Jonathan Bradley

A Jacob Stockdale double has helped Ireland to a bonus point win over Scotland as their Grand Slam hopes remain alive.

Joe Schmidt's men secured a full haul from their own encounter with Scotland in the Aviva Stadium, moving them ten points clear at the top of the standings and England's slip in France later in the day confirmed Ireland's Six Nations success.

Their 28-8 win came courtesy of two tries in each half, man of the moment Stockdale bagging a brace before the turn and the job being completed when Conor Murray and then Sean Cronin crossed the whitewash.

Ulster wing Stockdale has now scored ten Test tries in just eight caps, but it was fellow back Rob Kearney who scooped man-of-the-match honours.

A Grand Slam will still be on the cards for Ireland regardless when they head to Twickenham and meet England on St. Patrick's day, but they will hope to do so with the title in the bag. All eyes are now on the Stade de France.

IRELAND: R Kearney; K Earls, G Ringrose, B Aki, J Stockdale; J Sexton, C Murray; C Healy, R Best, T Furlong, James Ryan, D Toner, P O'Mahony, D Leavy, CJ Stander.

Replacements: S Cronin (for Best, 65), J McGrath (for Healy, 50), A Porter (for Furong, 61), I Henderson (for Toner, 54), J Murphy (for O'Mahony, 54), K Marmion (for Murray, 70), J Carbery (for Sexton, 72), J Larmour (for Kearney, 74)

SCOTLAND: S Hogg; B Kinghorn, H Jones, P Horne,  S Maitland; F Russell, G Laidlaw; G Reid, S McInally, S Berghan, G Gilchrist, J Gray, J Barclay, H Watson, R Wilson.

Replacements: F Brown (for McInally, 59), J Bhatti (for Reid, 54), WP Nel (for Berghan, 54), T Swinson (for Grey, 70), D Denton (for Wilson, 15), A Price (for Laidlaw, 67) N Grigg (for Horne, 72), L Jones.

Referee: Wayne Barnes (ENG)

Man of the Match: Rob Kearney

Here's the game as it happened:

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