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The welcoming atmosphere of BT Murrayfield Stadium is a great place to entertain clients and the popularity of International fixtures offer a much sought after invite for your clients. The home of Scottish Rugby has a variety of modern facilities within which we deliver high quality experiences accompanied by luxury food and drink.

Scotland vs Italy – 2nd February 2019 – Kick Off 14:15

Scotland vs Ireland – 9th February 2019 – Kick Off 14:15

Scotland vs Wales – 9th March 2019 – Kick Off 14:15

The Thistle Suite

The Thistle Suite is BT Murrayfield’s premium hospitality suite located in the West Stand In the very heart of BT Murrayfield. Our match day hospitality is well known for top class entertainment, outstanding atmosphere provided by the ever-changing array of world-renowned rugby guests which offer an insight into the game. Combined with a luxury three course meal and unrivalled seats, this really is the very best way to see the game and even includes a visit from the captain post-match.

Thistle Suite Hospitality Includes:

• Gold match ticket within the west stand
• Arrival drink
• Interactive Q&A with past and present rugby stars
• Fully inclusive bar pre and post-match served by dedicated drinks hostess
• Fine wines chosen by our sommelier to complement your meal
• Three course, pre-match, fine dining lunch created by Executive Chef, Ryan Murphy
• Hearty post-match supper
• Official commemorative menu booklet & complimentary match programme

Italy @ £425 + Vat pp

Ireland @ £599 + Vat pp

Wales @ £599 + Vat pp

Murrayfield Private Boxes

Our Executive Boxes are a private facility with spectacular views over the hallowed BT Murrayfield pitch, to accommodate up to fourteen seated, or up to twenty standing. The boxes have one glass wall looking out to the pitch and direct access to your seats. Our team can work with you to create a memorable experience for all your guest

Private Box Hospitality Includes:

• Seats directly outside your box
• Glass of champagne on arrival
• Interactive Q&A with past and present rugby stars
• Executive Box host
• Fully inclusive bar pre and post-match served by dedicated drinks hostess
• Fine wines chosen by our sommelier to complement your meal
• Three course, pre-match, fine dining lunch created by Executive Chef, Ryan Murphy
• Half-time afternoon tea
• Hearty post-match supper with coffee and petit-fours
• Official commemorative menu booklet & complimentary match programme

Tickets & Events

How to buy tickets

Three ways to buy match tickets and passes

Tickets and passes on general sale for Scotland, Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby can be bought in three ways: online, by phone and in person. Tickets for some of the more popular Scotland games are released in batches over a number of months. This is because a number of Scottish Rugby stakeholders – e.g. clubs, debentures, visiting unions – have prior access to tickets, and the deadlines by which they have to confirm their requirements vary throughout the season. In such cases, a Waiting List may be opened.

Scottish Rugby does not encourage supporters to purchase tickets from anyone other than official sources. If you are unsure, please check with the Ticket Centre before processing any order and please read our terms and conditions http://www.scottishrugby.org/ticketterms.

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Rugby clubs can earn up to 15% commission on Scotland match tickets if supporters and members purchase through either the club’s ticket secretary or individually online. If you want to support your rugby club in this way, simply click on your club’s name from the list at this page, and you’ll be taken to the Scottish Rugby Online Ticket Centre where you make your purchase in the normal way. If you do this, your club will then be credited with commission on your purchase.

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2. By Telephone/E-mail

Scotland Match Tickets: 0844 847 2357 (calls charged at 7pm per minute plus your standard access charge).

For Accessible Seating Sales and Enquiries contact 0131 346 5160 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm)

Edinburgh and Glasgow Match Tickets: 0131 346 5160 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm) or e-mail [email protected]

Post sales or Customer Services: 0131 346 5160 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm) or e-mail [email protected]

3. In Person

Tickets can be purchased from the following outlets:

Scottish Rugby Ticket Centre
BT Murrayfield
Edinburgh EH12 5PJ

Open Monday-Friday, 10.00am-5.00pm

Supporter Travel Packages

Supporter travel packages are available directly from Gullivers Sports Travel online or by calling 01684 293175.

Six Nations: Scotland beat Ireland in Murrayfield turnaround

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Scotland (0) 12

Ireland (3) 8

Scotland recovered from a woeful first-half performance to overhaul Ireland and keep their Six Nations Championship hopes alive.

The hosts went into the match with confidence high after last week’s victory over Italy but they were awful against Ireland before the break.

However, Ireland had only a Paddy Jackson penalty to show for all their possession and territorial advantage.

Six Nations table

Wing Craig Gilroy did cross for the visitors shortly after the restart but four Greig Laidlaw penalties secured the win for the hosts.

On paper, it was a miraculous victory for Scotland – Ireland had 78% of possession and 80% of territory before the break – but the visitors only had themselves to blame for a string of missed opportunities.

For Scotland, it was their first back-to-back victory in the Six Nations since 2001 following their record win over Italy last week.

But for Ireland, it was the first time they have lost two Six Nations games in a row since 2008 and leaves head coach Declan Kidney’s future in some doubt.

Ireland came into the match in some disarray, last week’s defeat by England having ruled out Simon Zebo and Gordon D’Arcy for the tournament and Jonathan Sexton and Mike McCarthy out of the match with Scotland.

With Sexton injured, Kidney picked Ulster’s Jackson at fly-half instead of the vastly experienced Ronan O’Gara and the 21-year-old’s first touch was a nervy knock-on.

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Regardless, the visitors had the edge in the opening exchanges, with Ulster centre Luke Marshall, also on debut, wreaking havoc in the Scotland ranks.

First, Marshall scythed through the Scotland midfield and set Keith Earls free, only for the Munster wing to be tackled short of the line. And a couple of minutes later Marshall should have put Gilroy in for a try in the other corner after another clean break but butchered the pass.

Ireland continued to apply pressure and prop Ryan Grant was shown a yellow card for interfering with Laidlaw’s run after 16 minutes, although Jackson missed the resulting penalty from out wide.

A minute before Grant’s re-appearance Ireland had another clear-cut try-scoring opportunity but Earls decided to go on the outside when he had Brian O’Driscoll inside him and was bundled into touch by Sean Maitland.

With Scotland leaking penalties at the scrum and breakdown Ireland continued to batter away at them. But the first points did not come until the 35th minute, when Jackson slotted a penalty from in front of the posts.

Stuart Hogg’s long-range penalty attempt came up short on the stroke of half-time but Scotland would have been mightily relieved to be only three points behind. Ireland, meanwhile, should have been over the hill and far away.

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The second half started where the first half left off, with Ireland coming in waves. But Scotland’s defence, which had hitherto been monumental, could hold out no longer and Gilroy pirouetted over for a try three minutes in.

However, two penalties from Laidlaw reduced the deficit to two points while two missed kicks by Jackson would have increased the visitors’ concern. That concern would have turned to genuine fear when Laidlaw gave Scotland the lead with another three-pointer after Ireland collapsed a maul.

Entering the final quarter Scotland looked like the more vibrant side, while Ireland, feeling the need to take risks, began to make crucial mistakes.

O’Gara was introduced after 66 minutes but with Scotland content to kick for territory the Munster veteran was unable to make a mark.

Ireland camped out on Scotland’s try-line for the final few minutes but Scotland’s defence held firm, with the result confirmed when Marshall knocked-on.

Scotland: Hogg, Maitland, Lamont, Scott, Visser, Jackson, Laidlaw, Grant, Ford, Cross, Gray, Hamilton, Harley, Beattie, Brown.

Replacements: Weir for Jackson (60), Hall for Ford (45), Low for Cross (74), Kellock for Hamilton (72), Denton for Beattie (72).

Not Used: Welsh, Pyrgos, Evans.

Sin Bin: Grant (16).

Ireland: Kearney, Gilroy, O’Driscoll, L. Marshall, Earls, Jackson, Murray, Court, Best, Ross, O’Callaghan, Ryan, O’Mahony, Heaslip, O’Brien.

Replacements: Fitzgerald for Gilroy (60), O’Gara for Jackson (64), Reddan for Murray (70), Kilcoyne for Court (53), Toner for O’Callaghan (72), Henderson for O’Mahony (72).

Welcome to Scottish Rugby Hospitality

New Vacancies

2 exciting new opportunities have arisen to work within BT Murrayfield the home of Scottish Rugby. Scottish Rugby Hospitality is looking for both a Match Day Hospitality Coordinator and an Accounts Assistant both based inside Murrayfield Stadium. Follow these links to apply.

Conference and Events Administrative Assistant – EDINBURGH

Scottish Rugby Hospitality is looking for an administrator to join their Conference and Events team. If you are interested in applying please view full details and apply via S1 Jobs http://www.s1jobs.com/job/admin-secretarial-pa/edinburgh/693596336.html

Scottish Rugby Hospitality Take Edinburgh Top Spot at Best Bar None Awards

Scottish Rugby Hospitality scooped two awards in this year’s “Best Bar None” awards, firstly taking Gold in the Specialist Entertainment Venue but also taking the overall award for Edinburgh’s top Specialist Entertainment Venue fending off competition from venues across the city. This is a very prestigious award to be given and is testament to the hard work that our staff put in throughout the year especially during the rugby fixtures where we rely on a big team to deliver a big performance.

Match Day Bag Policy Up Date

“Starting with the 2017 Autumn Test series Scottish Rugby is introducing a ‘small bags only’ policy for our international matches at BT Murrayfield. This means all ticket holders will only be allowed to bring in bags up to A5 size – equivalent to a small clutch bag. This is not in response to any specific threats, rather it is a result of our on-going review of security, with the aim of keeping BT Murrayfield as safe and enjoyable an environment as possible for everyone.”

Stadia and Arena of the Year 2017

Scottish Rugby Hospitality are pleased to announce that they won Stadia and Arena of the Year 2017 at the Sports and Leisure Catering Awards. Beating prestigious stadiums including Barclaycard Arena, Emirates Stadium and The Championships, Wimbledon, in the process.

New Vacancy – Conference and Events Sales Executive

There is an exciting opportunity to work at BT Murrayfield. We are looking for a conference and events sales coordinator to join our non-matchday conference and events sales team, to help grow the contract, and position BT Murrayfield as one of the most prestigious sporting stadia in the UK.

Site/Location: BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh

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Elior Wins Gold for BT Murrayfield at Best Bar None Awards

Elior Wins Gold for BT Murrayfield at Best Bar None Awards

Elior, the catering partner at BT Murrayfield in Edinburgh, wins gold award at the Edinburgh Best Bar None awards.

Elior UK, the catering partner at BT Murrayfield in Edinburgh, has won a gold award at the Best Bar None Awards 2015, designed to recognise and promote socially responsible venues. The team will now go forward to the Scottish National Awards in March 2016 in the category of Specialist Entertainment Venue.

Scotland 27-22 Ireland

Date: Saturday 4th February 2017

Venue: BT Murrayfield Stadium , Edinburgh

Referee: Romain Poite (France)

Attendance: 67,144

Scotland v Ireland Match Reports

Scotland beat Ireland 27-22 in the opening match of the 2017 Six Nations Championship at the BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. A brace of tries from man-of-the-match Stuart Hogg and one from Alex Dunbar saw Scotland run up a 21-8 lead by half-time. Ireland came out stronger after the break and took a one-point lead just after the hour mark, with tries from Iain Henderson and Paddy Jackson adding to Keith Earls’ first-half score. Scotland were then awarded two penalties inside the final 10 minutes, which captain Greig Laidlaw kicked to give his team a 27-22 victory. A selection of match reports is listed below:

Scotland v Ireland – Match Highlights

Scotland v Ireland – Match Stats

Scotland: (21) 27
Try: Hogg (9′, 21′), Dunbar (29′)
Conversion: Laidlaw (10′, 22′, 30′)
Penalty: Laidlaw (73′, 80′)

Ireland: (8) 22
Try: Earls (26′), Henderson (48′), Jackson (62′)
Conversion: Jackson (49′, 63′)
Penalty: Jackson (34′)

Man of The Match: Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

Scotland v Ireland – Team Line-ups

Scotland Team Line-up

Forwards

  • 1 Allan Dell
  • 2 Fraser Brown
  • 3 Zander Fagerson
  • 4 Richie Gray
  • 5 Jonny Gray
  • 6 Ryan Wilson
  • 7 Hamish Watson
  • 8 Josh Strauss

Backs

  • 9 Greig Laidlaw (CAPTAIN)
  • 10 Finn Russell
  • 11 Tommy Seymour
  • 12 Alex Dunbar
  • 13 Huw Jones
  • 14 Sean Maitland
  • 15 Stuart Hogg

Replacements

  • 16 Ross Ford
  • 17 Gordon Reid
  • 18 Simon Berghan
  • 19 Tim Swinson
  • 20 John Barclay
  • 21 Ali Price
  • 22 Duncan Weir
  • 23 Mark Bennett

Ireland Team Line-up

Forwards

  • 1 Jack McGrath
  • 2 Rory Best (CAPTAIN)
  • 3 Tadhg Furlong
  • 4 Iain Henderson
  • 5 Devin Toner
  • 6 CJ Stander
  • 7 Sean O’Brien
  • 8 Jamie Heaslip

Backs

  • 9 Conor Murray
  • 10 Paddy Jackson
  • 11 Simon Zebo
  • 12 Robbie Henshaw
  • 13 Garry Ringrose
  • 14 Keith Earls
  • 15 Rob Kearney

Replacements

  • 16 Niall Scannell
  • 17 Cian Healy
  • 18 John Ryan
  • 19 Ultan Dillane
  • 20 Josh Van der Flier
  • 21 Kieran Marmion
  • 22 Ian Keatley
  • 23 Tommy Bowe

6 Nations 2018 Scotland England

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The lone piper, the smoke, the slow walk – Edinburgh is a matchday atmosphere of the ages.
And that’s not all. Edinburgh is a beautifully contained, historic rugby city. From the soaring castle to drinks on Princes Street this is a rugby weekend that has it all – and we want you there.

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        There is more to Edinburgh than Hogmanay and festival time in August – it is easily one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

        It’s been described as the ‘Athens of the North’ but ‘Auld Reekie’ is a city of loud, crowded pubs, great restaurants, late-night parties and history. And it has also been the scene of many English disasters at Murrayfield.

        David Sole’s infamously slow walk onto the field in 1990 was the catalyst to a seething Grand Slam victory and 10 years later Andy Nicol’s try tore the wheels off another England clean sweep attempt in the driving Scottish rain.

        Edinburgh’s rugby is much like its landscape – craggy, rock hard and steeped in history. It is an earthy place where each summer the world’s biggest arts festival rises from the ashes of last year’s rave reviews to produce another show-stopper. And it is here where the Scottish Parliament sits again after a 300-year absence.

        It is a raw and rugged treat for rugby fans, a city of contrasts and extremes – from the castle silhouetted against a blue sky, late night snugs and pubs with a treasure trove of whiskey’s, a cafe in the Old Town for a coffee and the dark mouths of the alleys – each with a different site, smell and experience.

        Edinburgh is a gem of a place – not just for rugby lovers but for lovers of life. It has something for every taste and experience and even the most seasoned travellers and rugby fans will find something new on each visit.

        BT Murrayfield Stadium, located in the west end of Edinburgh, is the home of the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU).

        Getting there.

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        Edinburgh could be one of the most underrated rugby cities in Europe. From the looming castle to drinks in Princes Street to a memorable night-time kick off at Murrayfield, Scotland is a great rugby getaway.

        And that’s not all. With the way Scotland are playing right now it could be one of the clashes of the season. They have found some belief, pace and precision and will relish taking on the auld enemy.

        They have not held on to the Calcutta Cup for several years and will relish the chance of putting a major hurdle in England’s way. It has every ingredient to be very special.

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        Scotland v France 2018

        NatWest 6 Nations Fixtures 2018

        Below are the fixtures, dates and UK kick off times of the NatWest 6 Nations for 2018.

        ROUND ONE

        Wales v Scotland: February 3, 2.15pm, Cardiff, BBC

        France v Ireland: February 3, 4.45pm, Paris, BBC

        Italy v England: February 4, 3pm, Rome, ITV.

        ROUND TWO

        Ireland v Italy: February 10, 2.15pm, Dublin, ITV

        England v Wales: February 10, 4:45pm, London, ITV

        Scotland v France: February 11, 3pm, Edinburgh, BBC

        ROUND THREE

        Frances v Italy: February 23, 8pm, Marseille, ITV

        Ireland v Wales: February 24, 2.15pm, Dublin, BBC

        Scotland v England: February 24, 4.45pm, Edinburgh, BBC

        ROUND FOUR

        Ireland v Scotland: March 10, 2.15pm, Dublin, ITV

        France v England: March 10, 4:45pm, Paris, BBC

        Wales v Italy: March 11, 3pm, Cardiff, BBC

        ROUND FIVE

        Italy v Scotland: March 17, 12:30pm, Rome, ITV

        England v Ireland: March 17, 2:45pm, London, ITV

        Wales v France: March 17, 5pm, Cardiff, BBC

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        Ireland v Scotland Rugby 2017 Match details

        Six Nations – Murrayfield Stadium, 04-02-2017, KO 14:25

        Scotland 27-22 Ireland

        Scotland Scorers: Try: Earls 25′, Henderson 47′, Jackson 61′ Con: Jackson 48′, 62′ Pen: Jackson 33′
        Ireland Scorers :Try: Hogg (2) 8′, 20′, Dunbar 28′ Con: Laidlaw 9′, 21′, 29′ Pen: Laidlaw 72′, 80′

        FIRST Ever Ireland v Scotland Rugby 1879 Match details:

        Ormeau, Belfast 17 February 1879 – Referee : J Chiene (Scotland)

        Ireland 0G – 2G Scotland

        Ireland Scorers : None
        Scotland Scorers: Tries JB Brown, D Sommerville, Cons Malcolm Cross, Drop-Goal Malcolm Cross

        Scotland v Ireland rugby tickets
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        Murrayfield Stadium is an outstanding stadium – a stunning city and a great welcome.

        Edinburgh is THE place to be on match day!. 2019 buy your tickets now!

        Murrayfield Six Nations Hospitality 2019

        Rugby Hospitality

        Scotland take on Italy, Ireland and Wales at Murrayfield in 2019, fixtures which will decide if the side can challenge for the RBS Six Nations title!

        The Six Nations is international rugby at its best. There is a sense of optimism among fans that this Scotland side is making further progress and 2019 could be the year they finally declare their intent to the world of rugby. Competing at home, and with three fixtures at Murrayfield this time around, this could be just what the team needs to challenge for the Six Nations title. Couple these fixtures with VIP hospitality for the ultimate Murrayfield rugby experience.

        2019 Fixtures

        • 2 February: Scotland vs Italy (2.15pm KO)
        • 9 February: Scotland vs Ireland (2.15pm KO)
        • 9 March: Scotland vs Wales (2.15pm KO)

        NOTE: All playing images courtesy of Getty Images

        Sample Itinerary

        • 11am: Tea and coffee served. Complimentary bar opens
        • 12.15pm: Luncheon is served
        • 2.25pm: Kick-off
        • 4.10pm (approx): Post match refreshments served at final whistle
        • 5.10pm (approx): Bar closes 60 minutes after the final whistle
        • 5.40pm (approx): Facility closes 90 minutes after the final whistle

        Please note that this a sample itinerary and final timings will be subject to change.

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        All prices are per person plus VAT

        What’s included?

        Platinum Package
        • Match ticket directly outside
        • Champagne reception
        • Interactive Q&A with past and present international rugby players
        • Executive Box host
        • Fully inclusive bar pre and post-match served by your own VIP hostess
        • Sommelier-selected Fine wines to complement your meal
        • Three course fine dining lunch created by Executive Chef, Paul Smith, before the match
        • Half-time afternoon tea
        • Hearty post-match supper with coffee and petit-fours
        • Official commemorative menu booklet
        • Complimentary match programme
        • Business card draw to win exclusive memorabilia
        Gold Package
        • Top category ticket within the West Stand
        • Welcome drink on arrival
        • Interactive Q&A with international rugby stars, hosted by a leading former Scotland international
        • Compimentary bar pre & post match served by dedicated drinks hostess
        • Three course fine dining lunch created by Executive Chef, Paul Smith, before the match
        • Half-time afternoon tea
        • Hearty post-match supper with coffee and petit-fours
        • Official commemorative menu booklet
        • Complimentary match programme
        • Business card draw to win exclusive memorabilia

        Silver Package
        The Hospitality Village is based in a marquee outside the West Stand within the ground. The Village is famed for its relaxed atmosphere and quality food and drink. An ever-changing array of world renowned rugby guests will entertain you as they offer insight into the game.

        This package includes:

        • Gold match ticket
        • Arrival drink
        • Interactive Q&A with past rugby legends
        • Fully inclusive bar pre and post-match served by dedicated drinks hostess
        • Fine wines chosen by our sommelier to complement your meal
        • Three course, pre-match, lunch created by Executive Chef, Paul Smith
        • Post-match supper
        • Official commemorative menu booklet & complimentary match programme
        • Business card draw to exclusive memorabilia

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        Scotland Vs Ireland

        21 Mar Scotland Vs Ireland

        Hopes of a final flourish in front of a full house at the national stadium were eclipsed by a clinical Irish performance as Scotland were defeated 40-10 in the last round of this RBS 6 Nations.

        Flashes of promise, thumping hits from no 8 David Denton, some heroic efforts from fullback Stuart Hogg – who increasingly took the weight of the task on his shoulders alone – couldn’t match the all-round team effort from the visitors.

        Head coach Vern Cotter was realistic to his side’s shortcomings following the match: “It’s a competition where you need to get victories early on. We were exposed today with a really good team against us.

        “We didn’t have enough possession in the second half and we needed to play like we did, in spells, throughout the tournament for longer periods of time.”

        The home side kicked off into glorious sunshine which was quickly blocked out by a green wall, however Scotland showed their intent in the first lineout when Ford’s arrow hit the mark and Laidlaw scampered out the back. The Scots were recalled for a knock-on which gave Ireland an open chance for the line and Henshaw saw the gap which precipitated a barrage of pick and goes. Despite Stuart Hogg animatedly orchestrating the defence, O’Connell crossed for the first points just shy of five minutes, Sexton adding the extras.

        The visitors got the best of the restart, Fitzgerald breaking but with no one in support the loose ball was pounced on by a flurry of blue shirts. Lineout ball went to Sexton who made a dash for the line but was deflected by Hogg before the ball found ground and Ireland were awarded the penalty. Sexton duly saw it through the uprights, on ten minutes, seeing the visitors 10-0 clear.

        Another break by Ireland was halted when the referee’s attention was brought to Euan Murray, in some discomfort, back in Scotland’s half and both he and Dougie Fife left the field – the former replaced for the rest of the match by Cross and the latter, off for a blood injury, replaced by Visser.

        A Scotland lineout on the Irish 22 saw a driving maul – albeit sideways along the line – but the home side numbered up. Visser’s hesitation on the collect, however, stalled progress. The Scots continued to press, with centre Matt Scott making an impressive burst however further hesitation from Visser and a loose pass from Laidlaw halted the move, until the Irish were pulled up for coming in at the wrong side and allowed the Scotland captain a kick right in front of the uprights to put three points on the home side of the board.

        With the Irish pinged for taking Ashe in the air, Scotland were awarded another lineout on the 22 with Ford and Denton linking up well, the ball finding hands across the field until a series of infringements – allowing time for the return of Fife and departure of Visser – interrupted the flow again.

        Ireland were quickly on the break until a try-saving tackle from Hogg forced a lineout on the home 10m. Turnover ball and another lineout within minutes saw O’Brien steal from the back of the line and break to score, on 25 minutes. Sexton was again successful with the boot to edge the visitors 17-3 ahead.

        A Jim Hamilton break saw him well into Ireland’s half however with no support the ensuing tackle saw the ball slip from his fingers into green arms and head north, Hogg again to the rescue forcing the turnover.

        Scrappy lineout gave the Scots advantage as they took quick ball and burst through, first Hogg then Scott then Russell collecting. The latter scooted up the line, across the whitewash and around the green jerseys to dot down behind the posts, giving Laidlaw an easy conversion and Russell his first professional try for club and country.

        A knee injury to Ryan Grant saw him replaced by Alasdair Dickinson and Ireland secured another penalty to increase their lead 20-10 with five minutes to go to half time.

        As the clock ticked down, a neat slip out the back door from Russell saw Scott burst through, the ball go lose and chased by Hogg who threw his body across it over the line, however the referee pulled the party back for a scrum.

        Scotland kept the pressure on with a big hit by Denton triggering turnover ball which flew across the blue line to Scott. A big hit on the centre dislodged his intended pass to Russell and an ensuing collapsing scrum heralded the half-time break.

        The blue skies above BT Murrayfield continued to be cloudless with the sun’s shadow creeping across the green for the second half, helping at least two thirds of both sides focus better on the job in hand.

        Ireland came out of the traps firing, all line breaks, rolling mauls and thumping hits, with Scotland penalised for infringing at the breakdown and Sexton’s penalty right in front of the posts ensuring another three points.

        A great take from winger Tommy Seymour found lock Jonny Gray but an unlucky fumble saw the ball run loose and Ireland with the scrum just inside their half. They duly won advantage to make the yards upfield and trigger another surge at the line, a powerful break from Payne putting him across between the posts, gifting Sexton the simplest of conversions and giving the visitors a 20-point cushion.

        Minutes later the Irish broke again, Scotland infringing with hands in the ruck and Hamilton replaced by Tim Swinson. The ensuing Irish penalty slammed against the upright,allowing the Scots to collect the ball and number up for an assault.

        The opportunity came to nothing, however, as Cross was yellow carded for repeated infringements at the set piece, thus precipitating a period of uncontested scrums. As he left the pitch, reinforcements were on hand at 55 minutes as flanker Rob Harley and scrum half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne entered the fray for Ashe and Laidlaw respectively.

        Ireland broke up the wing but with no one in support, Bowe’s frantic backpass went straight into Scottish hands; a marauding army of green, however, forced Scott into making a tricky clearance. The first uncontested scrum saw Scotland subsequently penalised for not releasing and Sexton lined up another penalty – this time the post didn’t get in the way and Ireland pulled 33-10 ahead.

        Russell and Hidalgo-Clyne were doing their utmost to marshall the troops as Scotland secured a lineout on Ireland’s 5m, then a scrum, with the aforementioned duo combining well to make inroads into the Irish defence, Denton adding his weight with a powering drive.

        Scotland were attacking in waves now, Denton’s bulk and Hogg’s guile assisting the cause but were driven back just as quickly. A swiftly-taken lineout in the Irish half, Cross returning to the field and some neat work from Hidalgo-Clyne around the edges showed promise but another turnover and a well-placed Irish boot to touch saw a lineout perilously close to Scotland’s line.

        With ten minutes to go, fullback Greig Tonks came on for Scott and an ensuing break from Hogg saw the crowd on their feet. The run came to nothing and – a big loss – Bennett retired with a head knock, to be replaced by Visser. Ireland were too close to the line by now, made a push on the whitewash and O’Brien completed his brace, the extras added by replacement Madigan.

        On the seventy-fourth minute it looked like Hogg – who had played out of his skin all afternoon – had received just reward when a searing break saw him across the line, however the re-run showed the ball had just slipped from his grasp before being grounded.

        It was to be the last assault across the halfway for the Scots with Ireland continuing to press, the last kick of the game a missed penalty for the Irish as Madigan pulled it wide, underlining the feeling permeating the match that Ireland could, indeed, have pulled ahead of the Scots by more than 30 points.

        Scotland now face the task of rebuilding, rearranging and renewing vigour and mindset ahead of September’s World Cup, a process of which the head coach is all too aware.

        He said: “We have to address a lot of things in our game before the World Cup but those things will be addressed straight away.

        “We know we can do it. Part of our building will be to look at putting teams under pressure for longer periods of time.

        “There’s a lot within this team that needs improving on but this is a good group of guys to work with. We will look at improving skills and changing mindsets to develop faster than we are now.”

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