Scotland vs. Ireland live score, updates, stream, highlights from table-topping Six Nations clash

Two of the Six Nations’ leading sides go head-to-head in Edinburgh, as Scotland take on Grand Slam hopefuls Ireland at Murrayfield, looking to wrestle top spot away from Andy Farrell’s side with a victory.

Scotland’s hopes of a Grand Slam were dashed in France last time out, losing 32-21 despite a second-half fightback. Meanwhile, Ireland made it three wins from three in Rome, holding off a comeback to secure a 34-20 victory over Italy.

With France’s battering of England in Saturday’s match putting them back in contention for the title, all eyes will be on whether Ireland can extend their lead at the top once again.

The Sporting News are following the match live, providing live updates and commentary below.

Scotland vs Ireland live score

  1H 2H FT
Scotland 7 0
Ireland 8 0

Tries: Jones; Hansen

Conversions: Russell

Penalties: Sexton

Scotland vs Ireland live commentary, highlights

HT: We’re back for the second period, and it’ll be particularly interesting to see how Ireland’s pack fares in the next 40 minutes. Three of their starting forwards went off injured inside 20 minutes, giving them a depleted bench ahead of a second half that looks likely to be played at the same furious pace we’ve seen so far. 

HT: What a first 40 minutes of rugby! It’s been an end-to-end, non-stop thrill ride so far, with just one point separating the pair. Scotland nearly gave Ireland the cheapest of early tries from a quick-line out, but the ‘new ball’ rule denied the visitors! Scotland then hit back at the other end, with Huw Jones hitting a great line to score his fourth try of the tournament. Ireland had a superb score of their own to come though, with Hansen’s expert finish in the corner putting them back into the lead. If the second half is as good as the first, we’re in for a treat, so don’t go anywhere!

41 mins: From the penalty line-out, Tuipulotu makes a strong carry and Scotland throw the ball wide. Hogg is trapped before offloading to Turner on the wing, but the hooker is shunted into touch before he can get it down!

40 mins: Scotland win a ruck penalty and with the clock in red, Russell looks likely to kick for the posts, but he instead aims for the touchline looking for another try late in the half!

39 mins: With half-time approaching, there’s barely anything to separate these two, as successive scrums are re-set before Tuipulotu sets off on a powerful run forward.

36 mins: Another Ireland penalty gives the visitors a line-out, but the pass from the set-piece is intercepted by Scotland hooker Turner, whose side look to play their way out of the 22 on the break.

34 mins: Two successive offloads from Conan and Aki allow Lowe to race into the clear, and he finds Ringrose who is quickly wrapped up. Ireland use the momentum to keep powering forward, and Ryan is stopped short before Hogg is penalised for hands in the ruck!

32 mins: What a piece of defending from Ireland! Off a line-out, Russell wraps around the back and puts Van Der Merwe galloping into open space. He looks certain to score, but Keenan stops him in his tracks with a try-saving tackle, and helps Ireland win a ruck penalty which will see possession change hands!

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30 mins: Forward come Scotland with Dempsey and Tuipulotu helping them march up the field, and Russell’s pinpoint grubber bounces into touch within five metres of the Ireland line.

28 mins: TRY GIVEN!!! Scotland 7-8 Ireland! Hansen gets that ball down before being clattered over the sideline, and the Irish winger’s unbelievable finish puts his side back into the lead! Sexton’s touchline conversion sways wide of there sticks, and we’ve got a one-point ball-game in Edinburgh!

28 mins: It’s either a great try, or an unbelievable tackle! Ireland shift the ball right from a scrum and Sexton lobs the ball wide to Hansen. He darts for the line but is smashed into touch by Van Der Merwe as he gets there! We’re going upstairs for this one, and the TMO has a big call to make!

25 mins: Ireland come forward with Ringrose and Keenan both making good metres down the left, and Sexton’s grubber through is put dead by Van der Merwe, with Lowe breathing down his neck!

24 mins: A passage through the hands from Scotland sees the ball goes to ground, and it’s stabbed ahead by Sexton with Ringrose chasing hard! Steyn gets back in cover, and with Scotland under pressure, White clears the ball into touch to allow his side to regroup!

22 mins: Scotland quickly move the ball wide but Russell is trapped before he can release his pass. His offload finds Hogg, but he has to stretched to reach the ball and is immediately smashed in the ribcage by Lowe!

20 mins: Ireland look to respond with their own succession of attacking phases with ball in hand, but Scotland are able to brilliantly turn it over before winning a ruck penalty seconds later!

17 mins: TRY – Scotland 7-3 Ireland! The hosts strike first! Russell double-pumps before finding Van Der Merwe with an offload, who edges closer to the Ireland line. Scotland’s ball retention is superb and play comes back to the right, and Tuipulotu hits Jones with a short pass for the centre to crash over! Russell adds the two, and Scotland hit the front!

15 mins: Scotland build towards the Ireland line, playing 17 successive phases with ball in hand. Dempsey, Steyn and Hogg all make big carries in the 22, but the latter is bundled into touch and the visitors will get the throw at the line-out!

12 mins: PENALTY – Scotland 0-3 Ireland! Sexton chooses to kick for points after that attacking spell came to nothing, and the fly-half knocks the first three of the games between the sticks to give Ireland an early lead.

11 mins: Ireland power their way forward from the line-out and barrage the Scotland line with a succession of huge carries. Ringrose is a metre short before possession is recycled, and with penalty advantage, Hansen attempts to finish in the corner, but his offload inside is taken by Scotland and play cokes back for the penalty.

9 mins: Another Sexton kick into Scottish territory bounces unkindly for Hogg, but he’s able to get hold of possession before being dumped into touch right on his own line by Lowe!

8 mins: Sexton’s bomb kick is caught in the wind and swirls all over the place, but Scotland wing Steyn does well to take it on the full and calls the mark inside his own 22!

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6 mins: Ireland think they’ve scored the opener, but a technicality in the rules denies them! A quick line-out is thrown long inside the Scottish 22 and Doris acrobatically brings the ball down, with Van der Flier crashing over from the next phase! It looks a certain try, but because a new ball was used to take that quick throw rather than the one which was kicked out of play, the line-out was illegal and the score won’t count!

4 mins: Scotland look to find gaps in Ireland’s defensive line and make good metres through Steyn and Jones, but Russell’s kick into the 22 is returned into touch by Keenan for Ireland.

1 min: Price’s clearing box-kick is juggled nervously by Keenan, who recovers the ball before being smashed by Van der Merwe!

Kick-Off: Sexton will kick us off at Murrayfield, and his punt down-field gets this mouth-watering match underway!

5 mins from kick-off: 100th cap-winning centurion Hogg leads his side out onto the pitch, and the teams line up for the pre-match anthems ahead of kick-off!

10 mins from kick-off: Murrayfield’s filling up nicely as we await the arrival of teams on the pitch, with the Scotland faithful dreaming of a tournament-defining victory over the world number ones!

15 mins from kick-off: Ireland have several returnees to their side ahead of this must-win match, with Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton restored to the starting XV, and Garry Ringrose and Tadhg Furlong back from injury, the latter making his first appearance of the tournament.

30 mins from kick-off: Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg wins his 100th cap for the side, and as their record scorer of all-time, will be hoping to make his centenary game a memorable one. Jonny Gray packs down alongside his brother Richie in the second-row, replacing Grand Gilchrist, who is suspended following his red card against France.

45 mins from kick-off: Points have also flowed for Scotland so far in the tournament, achieving four-try bonus points in their wins over England and Wales. They crossed three times to mount a second-half comeback against France, but were eventually defeated 32-21 in Saint-Denis.

60 mins from kick-off: Ireland’s quest to secure their first title, and Grand Slam, since 2018, has gone ahead without a hitch so far. Andy Farrell’s side have scored 13 tries in their three games so far, conceding just four, and have claimed maximum points in the table to come into this game as clear favourites.

75 mins from kick-off: France’s record-breaking win over England yesterday has lifted them above Gregor Townsend’s side to second in the Six Nations table, raising Scotland’s stakes even higher as they look to pull off a victory against the world’s number one side. Ireland have won their first three games at a canter, being pushed closest by Italy last time out.

90 mins from kick-off: Welcome to live coverage of this Six Nations match at Murrayfield, which pits two sides against each other who are firmly in title contention. It’s Scotland against Ireland, who have a Grand Slam in their sights, and we’re ready for an absolute cracker in Edinburgh!

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Scotland vs Ireland confirmed lineups

Scotland’s free-flowing backline remains unchanged for the fourth straight game in this year’s Six Nations, with Huw Jones their form player at the moment. The Glasgow centre is the tournament’s top scorer with three tries, and his combination with club teammate Sione Tuipulotu in midfield could unlock an Irish defence that has been near-unbreachable. Behind them is full-back Stuart Hogg, who will win his 100th Scotland cap in this game.

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In the pack, Gilchrist’s suspension following his red card against France sees Jonny Gray pack down at lock, joining his elder brother Richie in the second-row. Hamish Watson was the victim of Haouas’ red card-worthy tackle, leaving the field after 10 minutes in Saint-Denis, and is replaced in the XV by Jack Dempsey. He’ll start at number eight, displacing Matt Fagerson, who joins the blindside flank and pushes captain Jamie Ritchie to openside.

Scotland starting XV: Stuart Hogg, Kyle Steyn, Huw Jones, Sione Tuipulotu, Duhan van der Merwe, Finn Russell, Ben White; Pierre Schoeman, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Richie Gray, Jonny Gray, Matt Fagerson, Jamie Ritchie, Jack Dempsey

Scotland replacements: Fraser Brown, Jamie Bhatti, Simon Berghan, Scott Cummings, Hamish Watson, Ali Price, Blair Kinghorn, Chris Harris

The major returnee for Ireland is tighthead prop Tadhg Furlong, who missed the first three games of the tournament with a shoulder injury. He’s put straight back into the starting side in jersey number three, while Dan Sheehan and Peter O’Mahony also return to the XV in place of Ronan Kelleher and Jack Conan.

Deputy half-backs Craig Casey and Ross Byrne impressed against Italy, but veterans Conor Murray and captain Johnny Sexton wear nine and 10 for this must-win match. They’re joined in the backline by Garry Ringrose at outside centre, who is back earlier than expected from an injury picked up against France to win his 50th cap. Jamison Gibson-Park and Robbie Henshaw make the bench, with both in line to make their first appearances of the tournament after respective lay-offs.

Ireland starting XV: Hugo Keenan, Mack Hansen, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, James Lowe, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, James Ryan, Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris

Ireland replacements: Ronan Kelleher, Cian Healy, Tom O’Toole, Ryan Baird, Jack Conan, Jamison Gibson-Park, Ross Byrne, Robbie Henshaw

Scotland vs Ireland live stream, TV channel

Here’s how to watch the match in some of the major territories:

  TV channel Streaming
USA fuboTV, Peacock, CNBC


Australia Stan Sport
New Zealand Sky Sport NOW
India Premier Sports Asia
Hong Kong Premier Sports Asia
Malaysia Premier Sports Asia
Singapore Premier Sports Asia

USA: All games are streaming live on Peacock and will also be available through fuboTV. However, they will also be repeated on CNBC on delay, usually by a couple of hours. 

Canada: All games are streaming live on DAZN.

UK: Matches will be shown on BBC and ITV, with S4C also broadcasting in Wales. Today’s match is on ITV.

Australia: Six Nations coverage is provided by Stan Sport.

India: Premier Sports Asia is the main place to watch the Six Nations.

Scotland vs Ireland odds

Despite Scotland’s strong form shown in the tournament so far, it’s no surprise that the world’s No.1-side are odds-on favourites to pick up a fourth straight win at Murrayfield. All of our partner bookmakers back Ireland in Edinburgh.

(Sky Bet)

(Sports Interaction)

Scotland Win 5/2 +230 3.20  3.10
Draw 20/1 +2000 22.00 26.00
Ireland Win 4/11 -300 1.33 1.40

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