Liam Toland: Ireland must be more ruthless in the scrum to beat Scotland

Chances were missed to disrupt English backline threat, especially in the 65th minute

Ireland’s Andrew Porter, Robbie Henshaw and Quinn Roux  after the defeat to England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland’s Andrew Porter, Robbie Henshaw and Quinn Roux after the defeat to England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Has last Saturday’s performance addressed those whose capabilities and limitations we have yet to become acquainted with?

Pendulums swing on little things but brilliant coaches and players are required to spot the little things. One such little thing was the “forward pass” or, indeed, the subsequent kick leading to Henry Slade’s first try, but rewind the video five seconds to that scrum, not a little thing, that requires deep attention. Is it a capability or a limitation? Only a quality opposition scrum can answer.

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