Scotland boss Townsend insists he is to blame for defeat by Ireland

Scotland boss Townsend insists he is to blame for defeat by Ireland

Brian O'Driscoll has explained what Johnny Sexton can do to extend his rugby career, after the Ireland number 10 encountered a bruising battle in Ireland's win over Scotland this weekend.

The fly-half lasted less than half an hour of Saturday's 22-13 Six Nations victory at Murrayfield after suffering a blow and he subsequently failed a head injury assessment (HIA).

First blood went to the hosts via a Greig Laidlaw penalty. "If we were able to replicate that in the second half I think we'd be here with a win", Townsend told reporters.

Tries from Sexton's half-back partner Conor Murray and wingers Jacob Stockdale and Keith Earls made sure that Schmidt's side succeeded in bouncing back from the crushing disappointment of their 32-20 loss to England.

"He seems to be doing quite well now though, so we're hopeful he'll be okay for the next game". It's not anger, it's 'Why did we have such a good first half and then we didn't play the same way in the second?

"Both teams' energy levels dropped in the second half, but they were more accurate than us and that was the difference", he said. 'Just that final piece, the execution off our set-piece, which has been really good, that fell off the jigsaw today and that's my fault.

The Scots appeared to have pushed the Irish back in midfield and the ball went loose, but Carbery picked up and slipped through a gap as Allan dell and replacement Rob Harley missed a double tackle.

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But a key period just before half-time saw Ireland heroically and desperately hold off a Scottish attack that lasted 25 phases. 'With the game going the way it was going, you can understand why we got frustrated.

"But we don't strive for all right, we want to be the best we can be and England wasn't it".

"He's very sore", said Scotland coach Gregor Townsend.

From our point of view, we were disappointed with it.' Stuart Hogg could be an injury worry for Scotland ahead of the visit to face France in Paris in a fortnight.

In Italy, Wales - who beat France in their opening match - dominated possession but scored only two tries in a performance that is unlikely to have caused too many concerns for their next opponents England.

"But if we hadn't won this game, we were definitely out of it".

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