Kearney returns from injury for Scotland clash

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He refereed us against South Africa as well and we don't seem to see eye-to-eye.

Ireland's defence of their Grand-Slam title ended at the first hurdle last weekend going down to a comprehensive 20-32 defeat to their English counterparts in Aviva Stadium. There were also only five teams involved in the tournament.

"He's a guy who is growing in confidence and hopefully the more often he's in big games like that then the greater his confidence will be and the more comfortable he'll become in the role".

"Physically we didn't match them as a team past year but in 2017 we fronted up very well".

"In that first half we were in our 22 for 34pc of the time and in our half for about 72pc of the time".

Scotland survived a late rally from Italy to claim a 33-20 victory in their Six Nations opener at Murrayfield last Saturday in which they defended poorly in the final quarter, but Laidlaw says they will not stray from their attacking style of rugby.

Carberry started very shakily, a loose pass easily intercepted and allowing Scotland to charge forward, popping the ball back on the Try line to give Sam Johnson an easy try.

"We have a lot of belief in what we're doing and how good a team we are", Best told the BBC.

The Belvedere man says he understands worldwide rugby is very different from the club game but thinks Schmidt's Ireland side need more variations in the opposing 22'.

"We asked for a physical reaction that we didn't have last week".

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"We had a couple of chances and we took them, and we were clinical when we had it".

"Now we've got to make sure we kick on from here".

The New Zealand-born flyhalf - who moved to Munster a year ago after being an understudy to Sexton at Leinster - made a nervy start with his pass being intercepted leading to Scotland's try at the end of the first-half.

He said: "If Ireland lose this one, it makes it very tough for them to get anywhere close to winning the competition".

"I think he's benefitting greatly from being down in Munster".

"We trust the players to come off the bench and step up as Joey did".

Schmidt confirmed to the BBC that Sexton had failed a HIA but expects him to recover quickly.

However, he was not too happy about the treatment handed out to Sexton.

Ireland were dealt a cruel blow when Johnny Sexton was forced off with a head injury.

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