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Scotland's Vern Cotter says defeat of Ireland is 'great win - best yet'

Scotland's Vern Cotter says defeat of Ireland is 'great win - best yet'”

We arrived at the stadium about 10 or 15 minutes late and we were late for most things in the first half.

With a wealth of attacking talent such as fullback Stuart Hogg and flyhalf Finn Russell, Scotland have proved they can score against some of the best sides in the world in recent years.

Scotland coach Vern Cotter hailed their win over Ireland and his old mate Joe Schmidt as the best of his time as head coach and said that their physicality at the breakdown was critical.

Ireland begin their quest to re-claim the Six Nations title with an away game against Scotland at Murrayfield this afternoon. They realized they needed to find a way back into Ireland's grass, and pressure might turn into penalties.

Paddy Jackson's converted try saw Ireland rally from 21-5 down to lead 22-21, only for Greig Laidlaw to slot two late penalties and secure a fine victory.

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Scotland were rewarded for their outstanding defence - they made 92 first-half tackles - and sublime line speed to lead 21-8 at the break at Murrayfield.

"I thought we clawed our way back in the second half, I thought we shut down some of that attack".

And the Kiwi, who departs this summer to be replaced by Gregor Townsend, admits the win was the most satisfying of his three-year reign. They've got some very sharp players, especially when they're given some width.

"We got some things right in the second half".

"It certainly changes the dynamic, to start the Six Nations with a win".

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"They got a flying start, a really impressive start, and I think [Vern Cotter] has obviously done some great work with them", Schmidt said.

"We just don't want to be getting beaten anymore, so it was so pleasing to get this over the line".

From the second one Ireland opted for a scrum, they worked the ball through the phases with Murray going close before Ulster lock Iain Henderson crashed over on 47 minutes from close range with Jackson adding the extras. Matters got much worse for Ireland when hog crossed the whitewash once again 13 minutes later after superb build up play down the left hand side which spilt open the Irish defence.

"It's obviously far from ideal, but it was always potentially a reality coming here", Schmidt said.

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