Scotland 12-8 Ireland: The reaction, best tweets and quality analysis

Johnnie Beattie, Scotland 12-8 Ireland, February 2013.
Scotland's Johnnie Beattie successfully claims a lineout ball.© SNS Group

A full Murrayfield witnessed a stunning smash-and-grab act from Scotland to defeat a dominant but ultimately wasteful Ireland in the Six Nations.

The Scots took their first home victory against the men in green in six attempts and, in doing so, kept alive their unlikely chance of winning the 2013 championship.

The boot of Greig Laidlaw saw Scotland home, as a solitary try by Craig Gilroy was eclipsed in a stunning backs-to-the-wall second half.

Here we round up the best reaction, writing and tweets from around the game.

What the head coaches said

Scott Johnson: "We have got to be honest and say that that wasn't perfect from us.

"My neck was getting sore looking down to one end of the pitch.

"It's a funny game. I've played in games when I've been on the other side. It puts a bit of pressure on the team that should be in front. We went in at 3-0 down and I would have taken that.

"So we took it and we took our chances. We will enjoy the next 24 hours but we will also acknowledge that we have got to work on a few things."

Declan Kidney: "It's extremely disappointing. We lost by six points to England and by four points today.

"We had a lot more scoring opportunities today and put ourselves in good positions a few times, but had a few turnovers we wouldn't normally do.

"That just makes it a frustrating day for everybody.

"[Paddy Jackson’s] place kicking didn't go the way he would have liked but some days go like that. It's too easy to point the finger at that. Overall his general play was good.”

Top tweets

What the fans said on Twitter

Further reading for Scotland 12-8 Ireland

STV: "This is a match that Ireland will be absolutely devastated not to have won and captain Jamie Heaslip, who has fond memories of success at Murrayfield with both Ireland and Leinster, cut a dejected figure afterwards."

The Scotsman: “There are the Tales of the Unexpected and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not – and then there is this, an outcome so unlikely and a Test match so brutal that the whole breathless experience could be encapsulated by one look at Kelly Brown’s slightly dazed face.”

The Herald: “The strangeness of it all was perhaps summed up by the presentation of the man-of-the-match award to a Scottish front-five forward, Jim Hamilton, on a day when the opposition won 71% of possession and spent 77% of the match in Scottish territory.”

The Guardian: “The fresh air of optimism that has swirled around Murrayfield for a fortnight turned into something close to a gale as Scotland achieved their first back-to-back Six Nations wins in a decade to give themselves a real chance of a say in the championship.”

Irish Independent: “The Irish fans trudging out of Murrayfield found it hard to understand how Ireland had lost after dominating for long periods in their Six Nations clash with Scotland.”

Belfast Telegraph: “The result piles pressure on Declan Kidney, who is out of contract in the summer, as his gamble to play Paddy Jackson at out-half back-fired.”

Sydney Morning Herald: “Scotland's Australian interim head coach Scott Johnson jokingly compared his side to boxing great Muhammad Ali after they came from behind to see off Ireland 12-8 in the Six Nations at Murrayfield.”

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