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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Ireland beat Scotland in eventful Six Nations clash in Dublin

Ireland scored four tries as they put Scotland away with a 32-14 Six Nations victory in Dublin on Saturday. The match will be remembered for a few stand out moments, including a horrific head knock to Scotland back Lee Jones.

Jones, who collided with Andrew Trimble as the Irish winger came in to make the tackle, was knocked out cold instantly. He was stretchered off and spent the night in hospital, but appears to be stable after a 'severe concussion', and will travel home on Monday.

Tries were scored for Ireland by captain on the day Rory Best, Eoin Reddan, Andrew Trimble and Fergus McFadden, while Scotland's only try came from the brilliant second rower Richie Gray.

Gray, at 6ft10, galloped through a tackle before throwing a perfectly timed dummy on the way to the tryline. Scotland winger Max Evans was later yellow carded for a tug on Keith Earls that perhaps prevented a try being scored, and star winger Tommy Bowe was penalised over the tryline for a double movement in the second half.

"You can look at the TMO one, you have to release the player in the tackle, but we will take the four tries and move on," said coach Declan Kidney.

"I think our decision-making is getting better all the time, when to move it, when to play position. We are asking more questions of the opposition. When we've lost matches we didn't get overly despondent; just because we've won one, we're not going to get overly excited.

"We will enjoy tonight but will not get carried away because we know we have to be in Twickenham on St Patrick's Day," he added.

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