Awful Irish hang on

Ireland clinched the Triple Crown with an unconvincing 19-18 win against Scotland at Murrayfield.

It is Ireland’s second consecutive clean sweep of the home unions, and provides some consolation after their failure to clinch the Grand Slam. It also keeps alive their slim hopes of winning the Six Nations title depending on what happens at Twickenham on Sunday.

After the euphoria of their 43-13 victory against England at Croke Park, Ireland produced their worst performance of the season at Murrayfield.

Six penalties by Chris Paterson gave Scotland a shock 18-13 lead with 15 minutes to go before Ronan O’Gara’s boot edged the visitors back in front.

It was O’Gara who scored the only try of the match on the 30-minute mark. Scottish flyhalf Dan Parks tried to clear from inside his 22, but saw his kick charged down by the Irish No 10. Gordon D’Arcy and Simon Easterby carried the ball up, before feeding O’Gara who dived over for the try and then slotted the conversion.

Scotland – Penalties: Chris Paterson (6).
Ireland – Try: Ronan O’Gara. Conversion: O’Gara. Penalties: O’Gara (4).