Ireland claimed their first victory of the 2019 Six Nations on Saturday after a brilliant 22-13 victory over Scotland.
Scotland badly needed some points but turned down a simple three for a quick tap by Russell and the Irish defence swarmed to force a turnover inside their own five metre line.
Scotland had shown so many positive attributes in the first half, despite a awful mix-up between their wings Tommy Seymour and Sean Maitland that gifted the first try to Conor Murray. It's not anger, it's 'Why did we have such a good first half and then we didn't play the same way in the second?
Ireland were 12-3 ahead thanks to tries from Conor Murray and Jacob Stockdale when Sexton picked up a nasty injury.
"I believe that the way we play will put pressure on any team, whether we're playing at home or away".
'We have a couple of chances and we took them.
"What was important was to get the win, and while we have to rely on other teams, we are back in there".
"Our contact work against a very good defense was outstanding; just that final piece, the execution of set-piece, which has been really good, that fell off the jigsaw today".
"I'm the attack coach, and we weren't able to get those two or three phases either to get in behind the defence or set up our attack shape". I don't even think it was a Scottish foot, ...
"We have a lot of belief", said Ireland skipper Rory Best.
"I'll be fine if I have to go back to Racing and play during the Championship's week off".
Scotland will meet Ireland in their opening Rugby World Cup Pool A game in Yokohama, Japan on Sept 22, with the victor in that fixture likely to top the group and avoid a possible quarterfinal with defending champions New Zealand. We're always going to err on the side of caution with those because we want to look after people. 'He's sore, very sore, ' said Townsend.
Scotland, who beat Italy in their Six Nations opener, next face France in Paris on February 23. 'He wanted to stay on but his shoulder was not right. We conceded the try a minute after that and lost one of our best players'.