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Six Nations: Ireland edge out Scotland with late penalty in Murrayfield thriller

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Johnny Sexton of Ireland kicks the winning penalty against Scotland at Murrayfield.

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Johnny Sexton of Ireland kicks the winning penalty against Scotland at Murrayfield.

A late Johnny Sexton penalty earned Ireland a 27-24 win over Scotland at Murrayfield in a free-flowing Six Nations rugby match.

Scotland scored three tries to Ireland’s two, but Scottish ill-discipline and captain Sexton’s unerring boot, gave the visitors the edge on Sunday (Monday NZ time).

Robbie Henshaw and man of the match flanker Tadhg Beirne touched down for Ireland, while Finn Russell, Huw Jones and Hamish Watson were Scotland’s try-scorers.

Scotland struggled at lineout time, conceding six throws to the Irish, but they showed plenty of enterprise on attack.

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Huw Jones scores after a superb breakout by Scotland.

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Huw Jones scores after a superb breakout by Scotland.

The Scots fought back from 24-10 down to 24-24 when flanker Watson burrowed over from a ruck near the Irish line in the 74th minute.

But a minute later Scotland halfback Ali Price was penalised at a ruck, and Sexton slotted his fifth penalty to win the game.

AT A GLANCE

Ireland 27 (Robbie Henshaw, Tadhg Beirne tries; Johnny Sexton con, 5 pen) Scotland 24 (Finn Russell, Huw Jones, Hamish Watson tries; Russell conversion, penalty, Stuart Hogg 2 conversions). HT: 14-10.

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