It was a draw that Ireland just about deserved having trailed 12-5 at the end of a first half that saw two tries for Scottish lock Jason White and one from Rob Henderson.
In the second half, Ireland were much more positive and the pressure they exerted resulted in try-scorer White ending up in the sin-bin for killing the ball at the ruck. While he was off Ireland prospered with a second Henderson try and then one from James Topping to put them into the lead. Scotland equalised through James McLaren before the the final act was played out between the opposing number 10s.
Ireland A: Jeremy Staunton ; James Topping (David Quinlan 64 minutes), Gordon Darcy, Rob Henderson, John Kelly; Barry Everitt, Neil Doak; capt (Brian O'Meara 72 minutes); Kieron Dawson, Eric Miller, Simon Easterby (Aidan McCullen 68 minutes), Mick O'Driscoll (Bob Casey 67 minutes), Donnacha O'Callaghan; Simon Best (Peter Bracken 67 minutes), Paul Shields, Justin Fitzpatrick.