Stockdale double as Ireland claim bonus-point win over Scotland

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In a statement on Twitter, Higgins wrote: "As President of Ireland, may I congratulate the Irish senior rugby team on winning the Six Nations Championship".

Scotland showed glimpses of the form that saw them beat England in the previous round of matches but left too many points out on the field through bungled passing. The wing took the gift 55 meters untouched to the posts with the usual Sexton conversion. At 21-3, Ireland was cruising.

The Scots had a foothold but another glaring chance was missed when Horne cut through on halfway but didn't spot Jones racing into a gap on his shoulder, throwing a wild pass that Kinghorn couldn't hold.

Ireland went all out for the fourth try.

The Kiwi coach has also handed a vote of confidence to locks Devin Toner and James Ryan, whose second-row partnership remains intact despite the return to fitness of Ulster's Iain Henderson, who settles for a replacement berth.

"I believe that if we manage to stop Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray then that'll have a big impact on the game but we'll have to stop them as well as 13 or 14 other guys".

"There are not many, if any, weaknesses in the team and they get the detail and physicality right, so you have to be at your best to win".

Ahead of the game, Scotland captain John Barclay has been previewing the clash on his BBC column.

They didn't have to wait long as the Scots were driven back early on and Murray scrambled over from short range, Sexton converted and it was now a mountainous 18-point lead.

Benjamin Fall came up with the ball but was tackled around the neck by Watson as he dived for the line, resulting in a yellow card and a penalty try being given by Peyper.

Scotland won this reverse fixture in Edinburgh last season, while their last victory in Dublin ensured Ireland failed to gain a Triple Crown in Dublin in 2010: that after Ireland had beaten Wales at Croke Park and England in Twickenham.

"After we took the lead, we just breathed a sigh of relief, and at this level if you breathe a sigh of relief and go, 'This feels comfortable, this feels good, we're in control, ' bang, just like that, you lose control again".

"We must make sure we don't let any distractions catch us", Best said after the captain's run at Lansdowne Road on Friday.

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