Sexton and Hogg off early in Six Nations clash

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Ireland team vs Scotland, Six Nations 2019: The starting XV – in full

The rest of the team remains the same from the 32-20 England defeat with Keith Earls and Jacob Stockdale on the wings.

This is Schmidt's last Six Nations in charge of Ireland before he stands down after this year's World Cup in Japan.

Ireland were fortunate in that a fiery Scotland side failed to translate many of its opportunities into points. Sexton was well marked otherwise, though. The Irish playmaker had taken a couple of knocks, and was replaced by Joey Carbery.

Ireland finished the half strongly though, to ensure that they went to the break with the lead.

But Schmidt has moved to defend his approach ahead of their trip to Murrayfield to face Scotland on Saturday. The hosts repelled wave after wave of Irish attack and eventually forced a turnover.

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"I do think I always get a lot of advice, there wouldn't be too many weeks go by that I don't get a letter, suggesting somebody play there, or suggesting a set play or suggesting something". His pass intended for Aki was picked off by Finn Russell, who raced 40 metres nearly to within touching distance of the goal line before being hauled down by Keith Earls.

When his side came back into the.

Admitting Ireland expected Scotland to single out Sexton and attempt to shut him down physically, Schmidt insisted that worked to the visitors' advantage.

Ireland will remain in the Six Nations title race. Couldn't really get going in attack, but was asked to do a lot at times.

No way through for Scotland centre Sam Johnson on a frustrating afternoon against Ireland. Conversion: Greig Laidlaw. Penalty: Laidlaw (2).

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Was involved in the Scottish defensive error that lead to Murray's try.

Stuart Hogg went off with a shoulder injury in an open first half, yet a first worldwide score from Sam Johnson - converted by Laidlaw - reduced the deficit to 12-10 at the break.

Replacements: Brown, Bhatti, Rae, Toolis, Harley, Price, Horne, Kinghorn.

Sean O'Brien was recalled for his 53rd cap after breaking his arm against Argentina in November in place of Josh van der Flier while Jack Conan was given a start at No 8 after CJ Stander suffered severe facial injuries against England.

Subs: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Ultan Dillane, 20 Josh van der Flier, 21 John Cooney, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Jordan Larmour.

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