Six Nations: Results, pics, highlights and standings as of 9 February [video]

Ireland got their defence of the Six Nations Championship back on track by grinding out a result at Murrayfield against Scotland to kick off the weekend’s action.

Joe Schmidt’s troops were looking to bounce back from a 20-32 loss to England at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin last week while Scotland were riding high after a bonus point win over Italy.

As always the Murrayfield crowd was in fine voice and treated us to a spine-tingling rendition of the Flower of Scotland.

Scotland 13-22 Ireland

Scotland were on the board first through an early penalty but Ireland pounced on some sploppy play by Scotland to run in an opportunistic score on the kick chase.

Ireland spent just fifteen seconds in Scotland’s 22 in the first half but three of those were during Jacob Stockdale’s sprint to the line having scythed through from 30 metres out.

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Jacob Stockdale of Ireland breaks free to score his sides second try during the Guinness Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield on February 9, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale celebrates scoring a try. Photo: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Scotland got back into the contest with a try created by halfback Finn Rusell who pulled of an intercept and a perfectly timed pop pass to Sam Johnson for the centre’s first international try.

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Scotland vs IrelandIreland’s Ultan Dillane with Jonny Gray of Scotland in the line-out. Photo: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Scotland lost Stuart Hogg to injury in the first half while their rivals were robbed of influential pivot Jonny Sexton.

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Stuart Hogg of Scotland makes his way off the field with an injury during the Guinness Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield on February 9, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Ireland’s third try came in the second half and appeared to finally establish the visitors as the favourites to claim the tie.

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 09: Keith Earls of Ireland scores his sides third try during the Guinness Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield on February 9, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Scotland 13-22 Ireland video highlights

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2019 Guinness Six Nations Championship Round 2, BT Murrayfield, Scotland 9/2/2019Scotland vs IrelandIreland’s Conor Murray with Fraser Brown and Grant Gilchrist of ScotlandMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Italy 15-26 Scotland

Italy were no match for a Wales side that have ambitions of challenging the game’s elite in the second match of the day in Rome.

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INPHO. Photo credit: Ryan Byrne

Wales started the game very strongly but after a great start they allowed Italy back into the contest. It was the boot of Dan Biggar that established a 12 point lead in the first half hour for Wales but Italy scored the game’s first try.

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South African-born Braam Steyn crossed the whitewash in the 33rd minute of the first half for Italy but they trailed 7-12 at the break in Rome.

Wales didn’t make the most of their early dominance but second half tries from Josh Adams and Owen Watkin and the boot of Biggar were enough to see off the Italian challenge despite a late try for Edoardo Padovani.

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The win sends Wales top of the Six Nations table ahead of Sunday’s meeting between England and France at Twickenham.

Six Nations 2019: Latest standings

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