Kearney named at fullback as Ireland make five changes for Scotland

Josh Strauss 'In 2017 we fronted up very well'

Josh Strauss 'In 2017 we fronted up very well'

"In the second half the execution of our plays didn't happen.if we'd been able to replicate the first half we'd be sitting here with a win", he said.

"He then copped a stamp".

'It's massive, he's been a big part of what we've created here over the last while, ' said Best.

The Belvedere man says he understands worldwide rugby is very different from the club game but thinks Schmidt's Ireland side need more variations in the opposing 22'. And we try to vary our defensive game.

"Physically we didn't match them as a team a year ago but in 2017 we fronted up very well".

Not that Joe Schmidt's Ireland will be looking beyond an afternoon of atonement when they line up at Murrayfield, where no visiting side has won in seven successive Six Nations matches.

"That was a really tough game, and it was tough mentally in the build-up, but we asked for the physical reaction we didn't get last week and by and large we got that".

The battle between the pair could prove pivotal as Ireland look to avoid suffering back-to-back defeats for the first time since their June 2016 Test series in South Africa - and as the Scots seek to emulate their 27-22 Murrayfield victory they achieved two years ago against an Irish side who sorely missed the absent Sexton. "We've got to dust ourselves off and get back to the things we do well", he added. We gave Ireland the set-piece and they were able to exit their half, and it's always hard to score from deep.

In the second half, Keith Earls scored the only try as Ireland extended their lead and put the opening-round defeat to England well behind them.

On Carbery's performance, he said: "He had a bit of a rough introduction throwing that intercept pass and I think that knocked his confidence for a little while but he worked his way back into the game".

Joey Carbery's move to Munster is paying off dividends for Ireland, according to Rory Best. Johnny Sexton's failure to convert was a small consolation for the major mishap, but Ireland soon stretched their lead.

"We trust the players to come off the bench and step up as Joey did".

The Former Connacht player says Schmidt's Ireland side are more reserved than the Leinster side the New Zealander coached from 2010-13.

However, he was not too happy about the treatment handed out to Sexton.

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