Six Nations: Ireland beat Scotland at Murrayfield

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Six Nations: Ireland beat Scotland at Murrayfield

Ireland beat Scotland 27-24 at Murrayfield in the Six Nations rugby. Ireland is now in the second place at 11 points, behind Wales 19 and ahead of France and England 10. Scotland rises to 6 and at zero is Italy. The last day will be played entirely next Saturday: Scotland vs Italy, Ireland vs England and France vs Wales.

Stuart Hogg is under pressure and cannot control, so possession returns to the Irish, who first move the game to the left, then the same opening with a cross kick sends the ball into the in-goal on the opposite side, in two close on Keith Earls, but Robbie Henshaw dives on the loose ball sent back by the Irish winger who undisturbed crushes to the ground for 8-0.

Possession and territory are always for Ireland, until at 23 'from yet another breakdown the ball is instead stolen and then with a perfect kick Russell sends the Irish to defend themselves at the left flag and forces them to a kick of release in touch within 22: the platform seems optimal, but the touch is lost.

At 28' the touchdown lost by the Irish in mid-field, which gives rise to the action that winds with the backs from the center of the field to the left side, the ball is stolen but immediately Hogg stops a kick from Garry Ringrose, then the ball bounces on his face and the Scottish extreme sends it into the 22.

An obstruction foul on touchline in favor of Tadhg Beirne provokes the free-kick which Russell does not exploit by sending off the kick. On the time that expires, a nonsense of the scrum-half Ali Price (offside before the ball leaves the group) gives Sexton the 14-10 placed on which he goes to rest.

At 55 'another Sexton placed is 24-10 which could already close the accounts. At 60 ', however, an Irish general sleep immediately reopens it: after a free-kick beaten quickly by Price, the Scots open to the right, the ball reaches Huw Jones (recently entered), who slips between two green jerseys, with an internal correction avoids the last defender James Gibson-Park and then with Ringrose attached to the back he glides over the goal line: Hogg also converts for the -7.

Scotland thus began the siege of the 22 opponents forcing the Irish to a series of fouls to avoid the try, but the hosts cannot go into touch because in the meantime they have lost the second row by injury Scott Cummings and had to let in.

scrum-half Scott Steele in third!

Dan Carter retires at 39 years-old

Dan Carter has announced his retirement from rugby. New Zealander was the greatest opening half in rugby history. In his career he played for his country for 119 times, and he won the World Cup twice and scored 1,598 points.

With club level he won the title in 3 different countries: Super Rugby 3 times with the Canterbury Crusaders, the French Top 14 2 times with Perpignan and Racing Paris, the Japanese Top League with the Kobelco Steelers. Carter said that his body could have continued for a few more years, but that his head has already detached.

Carter admits that he has lost the motivation that should always push him to prove that he is competitive. He explained: "The experience in Japan was fantastic from all points of view, sporting and cultural. I wasn't even remotely thinking of quitting.

When I had to go back to New Zealand for Covid and terminate the contract it was frustrating. Of course, I liked the experience at the Blues. I love being part of a team, but I also realized that I have always played to be the best.

But returning here, I felt that I had nothing more to prove and the motivation to get back in the game with younger guys has failed. Initially I thought about opening up to offers from abroad, I still have to provide for my family, but when I thought about my children and the commitments that my wife Honor had to undertake alone while I pursued my dream, I realized that it was time to stop.

And with the passing of the days I also realized that I was no longer interested in contracts from abroad or even continuing with New Zealand."