Sunday, August 07, 2011
Scotland scored a late try to beat an experimental Ireland side 10-6 in a low scoring World Cup warm-up match at Murrayfield on Saturday afternoon.
Having had good possession and try scoring opportunities, Scotland left it till late in the game before they strung together a try scoring phase of play that they could capitalise on. The low scoring nature of the match was as much about the good defence from Ireland and as it was the poor handling and skill execution from the home side.
When they did finally score, it was a very well taken try by London Irish back Joe Ansbro, who had been set up brilliantly by Nick de Luca.
"Nick and I have played alongside each other quite a bit now and I just knew what he was going to do - the feed to me was perfect and thankfully I was able to finish it off," said Ansbro.
For the Ireland side, positives came from the performance of British & Irish Lions fullback Rob Kearney, who returned after a long injury lay off and got through unscathed, playing well.
"It's a huge relief to be playing again. I'd been nervous all week - I don't usually get nerves beforehand," he said. "I came across some big obstacles. The result wasn't what we wanted but from a personal perspective it was good to get through it. I felt really good at times, but was blowing at other times. All in all I was happy and felt pretty comfortable."
How do you view the performances of the two sides in terms of RWC preparations?