Six Nations: Ireland's attack 'like watching paint dry'

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"In that first half we were in our 22 for 34 per cent of the time and in our half for about 72 per cent of the time".

"We're not going to blame him, we look at ourselves, and credit to Ireland".

In a game of tight margins, the Ulster hooker said his team's ability to convert their opportunities was vital: "We had a couple of chances and we took them and we were quite clinical when we had the ball".

"We put a lot of time into our scrum and lineout, we want to be able to play off our set-piece to get some ball to very unsafe backs", Ireland captain Rory Best said.

The reliable boot of Greig Laidlaw gave Scotland an early lead in blustery conditions, although the advantage was not to last long. And we try to vary our defensive game.

Kearney approached the Six Nations chasing full fitness after a thigh issue and stayed with Leinster when Ireland headed off for warm-weather training in Portugal.

"That was a really tough game, and it was tough mentally in the build-up to it".

"We've obviously got a lot of improving to do as well but we had to wear them down, they're well-organised in defence and we knew they would be very unsafe in attack, and by and large we fronted up to our task as we had to".

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"We play strong off set-piece, we play a varied kicking game, we play with a varied attacking game".

Best, who has skippered the Irish to two wins over world champions New Zealand and the Six Nations Grand Slam last year, specially praised Joey Carbery, who came on after 24 minutes for the injured world player of the year Johnny Sexton.

Ireland: Rob Kearney, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best (captain), Tadhg Furlong, James Ryan, Quinn Roux, Peter O'Mahony, Sean O'Brien, Jack Conan.

On Carbery's performance, he said: "He had a bit of a rough introduction throwing that intercept pass and I think that knocked his confidence for a little while but he worked his way back into the game".

Ireland led 12-3 in the first half when Johnny Sexton was forced off after a succession of hits after he had offloaded the ball. It probably wasn't discussed by the TMO because that comes through to us.

But head coach Joe Schmidt provided a positive update after the match.

After receiving treatment, Sexton then shanked his conversion wide.

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