When the first kickable penalty of the match was awarded, instead of taking the three points on offer, Johnny Sexton chose to kick to the corner but unfortunately Rory Best's throw didn't connect with his target and Scotland lifted the pressure without conceding any points. It took Joe Schmidt's side until the 22th minute before they registered a score, that man Jacob Stockdale again, scoring the first of a brace he would achieve on the day.
However, the number 10 was included in the starting XV and as ever played a key role in Ireland's win.
"Rory Best, Peter O'Mahony, Devin Toner, Cian Healy, Jack McGrath, and there's Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton obviously; all those players have been incredibly consistent through it, and so has Rob Kearney".
With Scotland showing domination in terms of field possession, poor execution of passes saw the visitors fail to add to their try count with the line at their mercy. Jones drew last-man Sexton but passed too far in front of Hogg.
Scotland edged Canada 19-17 the last time they met, in 2014 in Toronto, to improve to 3-2-0 against the Canadians. Granted, we lived dangerously at times and we certainly rode our luck at times defensively.
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Yet it was not until six minutes from time that wing Jonny May crossed the French try-line. Excellent play from the returning Garry Ringrose led to the five-pointer with Stockdale touching down in the left corner.
When quizzed on the chance of securing a third title in five years this weekend, Best added: "For us, it's only about the challenge that Scotland pose, if you look at how they've been evolving, they've put together some very, very good performances". On three occasions in that first half Ireland tried to exit and managed to find touch but Scotland took quick throws and relaunched another wave of attacks.
Ireland went all out for the fourth try.
Murray and Sexton nearly combined to break through the middle of the Scottish defence and, as the interval approached, they began to scent the opportunity for a second try which would have them firmly in the driver's seat.
"Any team that is developing, as we are, goes through tough periods where the game does not love you". Sexton's successful kick, the final score of the game, meant Ireland had a comfortable 28-8 winning margin.
"It's very disappointing because we wanted to win the title three years in a row but we haven't done that".