Great game! Scotland nulified probably the best back three in the championship in the first half double tackling Heaslip and Stander in particular. Ireland were sloppy and defending narrow probably to protect 10 in Sextons absence. Great comeback but Scotland made every score hard earned. Shame a harsh penalty on Jackson settled it, but in fairness in favour of deserved winners.
Im Irish and I would not call their performance dirty, cynical certainly. You just dont give away that many penalties in your own 22 and expect to be called anything else and with respect to Kiwi in Germany there could have been many more offsides, not releasing after tackles that the Ref missed that should have led to more yellows for repeated cynical play.
The loss of Henshaw (shoulder to head), Stander (shoulder to head and no wrap by Dagg not spotted by anybody it seems) and hamstrung Sexton in the first half, definately weakened the Irish attacking options. Ref didn't help much either, but that said the Irish know that they left this one behind lacking the clinical and cynical edge of the champs. Hats off to Barrett, Wittlock and Rettalick for making a significant difference to Chicago.
5 tries all different. No kicking the leather off the ball. Had all the P's possession, pressure, passing and passion with bags of cleverness. Irelands set piece never dipped below even but mostly bordering on better. That said the misfiring AB's had our minds squarely fix on 2013 at the 65 mark such is their quality and the knowledge that they could go flat out like forever. Pain relief was finally administered in overdose levels by Hheeennnssshhhaaaww. 50 years from now approximatley 1 million Irish men and women will tell the story of how they attended this match.