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Ireland beat Scotland 22-15 at Murrayfield

Ireland kept their dreams of a first Grand Slam since 1948 alive with a 22-15 win over Scotland at Murrayfield this afternoon. While it was far from a vintage performance, Brian O'Driscoll's side did enough to ensure a Grand Slam decider at Cardiff next week.

Much had been made before the game of Scotland's revitalised back line this season and that was in evidence in the first half with the Evans brothers underlining why they are rated so highly. Just like in the victory over England, the pressure seemed to get to Ireland in the first half and they struggled to put any pattern on their play.

Scotland lead 12-9 at half time thanks to the boot of Chris Paterson, but it was Ireland who came out all guns blazing to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Veteran scrum-half Peter Stringer made a crucial brake to set up Jamie Heaslip for the game's only try midway through the second half. From that point onwards Ireland were able to control the game and secure themselves a shot at Grand Slam glory next weekend.

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