Scotland's Vern Cotter says defeat of Ireland is 'great win - best yet'

Violet Powell
February 5, 2017

Joe Schmidt has expressed his disappointed at the manner of Ireland's defeat in the Six Nations opener with Scotland. The game was a home one for Scotland, played at Murrayfield.

Vern Cotter's final season as Scotland coach promises to be the most exciting of his tenure, with victory over Ireland a real possibility at Murrayfield tomorrow.

Ireland did eventually take the lead through Paddy Jackson's try but it was not enough as Greig Laidlaw's two late penalties swung the game Scotland's way.

The 2016 Six Nations was a mixed bag for Ireland, but they went out on a high with a 35-25 win in Dublin.

Ireland started the weekend knowing that if they lost by more than 15 points to Scotland, and Wales beat Italy this afternoon by the same margin, then we would slip out of the top four. They've got some very sharp players, especially when they're given some width.

"It means everything. It is eleven years since we last won our first Six Nations game". In the Autumn we got some good momentum with wins over Argentina and Georgia, but we knew that this was the big one.

"Of course it is, that's your mindset and what we have to be going after", said O'Brien.

"We knew that we had this kind of performance in us because we have been building up to it for a while".

On this week's edition of The Oval Office, we discuss all things Six Nations with George Hook, Paul Williams from Rugby World magazine and former Ireland u-20 worldwide Adam McBurney. Just to grab it back was so pleasing.

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Laidlaw added the conversion and although Paddy Jackson responded with a penalty, it was the Scots who looked closer to scoring with last ditch tackles stopping Hogg and Seymour late in the half.

"Look, to be honest I haven't followed that too closely", he said.

"If there is a guy I'd back to go the length, it is Stuart Hogg and if you need to see him do it, watch our game in the Aviva: he did it to us".

Johnny wasn't that far away for this match so he could still come into the picture.

"I think the solutions are there but we're going to have to make sure we start better than that in Rome next week".

A powerful second half comeback saw them leading by 22- 21 as time was running out.

"I thought we found a way to get us in trouble again but we dominated first half and I think they dominated large parts of the second half and there was composure in the end and we got what we wanted".

They lined up Laidlaw, Seymour, Alex Dunbar as the first three in the lineout and Ford threw a flat one straight to Dunbar who shrugged off a tackle to score easily.

"We spilled a few balls when we did get in behind them in good positions, especially in their 22", said O'Brien, speaking about what Ireland can improve.

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