Scotland lose Ryan Wilson for remainder of the Six Nations

Carrie Guzman
February 13, 2019

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is confident playmaker Johnny Sexton will return for the reigning Six Nations champions to "kick on" with the defence of their title against Italy in Rome on February 24.

RYAN WILSON will take no further part in Scotland's Six Nations campaign after sustaining knee ligament damage during the first half of the national team's defeat to Ireland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

"We have three of the toughest games to come", admitted the former Glasgow fly-half. 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? They were also architects of their own downfall at times, with Tommy Seymour and Sean Maitland's mix-up gifting Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray the opening try on the 10-minute mark.

"I believe that the way we play will put pressure on any team, whether we're playing at home or away".

"We just didn't kick on in the second half, it was pretty flat for both teams, the energy dropped, we were disappointed with the execution, that's on my head as a coach".

Scotland had shown so many positive attributes in the first half, despite a bad mix-up between their wings Tommy Seymour and Sean Maitland that gifted the first try to Conor Murray.

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"There was a lot of doubt around Ireland coming into this game", he said. Obviously, it wouldn't have done much for his confidence [conceding the try to Scotland] but to bounce back like that showed great resilience.

"But we don't strive for alright, we want to be the best we can be and last week wasn't that".

Ireland's game management was made easier by Scotland committing 15 handling errors, more than twice as many as the Irish.

"I thought one of two decisions didn't go Scotland's way that could've, but at this level you rely on your performance". 'He's sore, very sore, ' said Townsend.

Now with trips to Paris and Twickenham - two venues in which the Dark Blues have never managed an away win during the Six Nations era - sandwiching Wales' visit to Edinburgh, Russell knows his side could be facing another Championship of frustration if they suffer again at the Stade de France in a fortnight's time. 'He wanted to stay on but his shoulder was not right. We could've scored a couple more tries. But if we hadn't won here, we were definitely out of it.

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