Scotland beat Ireland 31-21 in a World Cup warm-up Test at Murrayfield.
It was Ireland’s third consecutive Test defeat following a 2-0 series loss to Argentina in June. While the Irish were not at full strength, this was an abject performance from a team regarded by many as serious World Cup contenders.
Scotland will be delighted with the win even if it means little in the greater scheme of things. Frank Hadden’s side have to beat Italy in Pool C to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals and today’s effort will have boosted their confidence substantially.
The Scots had looked in control at the break after tries from Ally Hogg, Andy Henderson and Ewan Murray. Although Henderson stretched the Scottish advantage early in the second half with another five-pointer, Ireland upped their game with Isaac Boss and Andrew Trimble getting over. But Henderson’s third try seven minutes from time sealed the win.
Scotland – Tries: Hogg, Henderson (3), Murray. Conversions: Paterson (2), Parks
Ireland – Tries: Boss, Trimble. Conversions: Wallace. Penalties: Wallace (2), Murphy