When Ireland and Scotland met in the championship in Dundee in February the Irish won 13-5. They led 6-0 at the break that day, thanks to two penalties from out-half, David McAllister - on the bench this evening - and although the Scots struck late to score a try, the Irish responded superbly to score a try of their own deep in injury-time, through Richard Lane - also on the bench tonight - to seal a deserved victory.
Ireland make two changes from the side that started last Friday against South Africa, with coach Michael Bradley intent on using his squad to maximum effect. Peter O'Brien (UCC) takes over from Tommy Bowe at full-back, with Lansdowne's Niall Ronan in ahead of John Muldoon at wing forward.
Ireland. 15. Peter O'Brien - UCC14. Keith Matthews - UL Bohemians13. Barry Murphy - UL Bohemians12. Glen Telford - Instonians11. John Hearty - Blackrock College10. Michael Rainey - Glasgow Hawks9. Fiach O'Loughlin - Shannon8. Ciaran Potts - St. Mary's7. Niall Ronan - Lansdowne6. Stephen Keogh - UCC capt 5. Neil McComb - Dundee Highschool4. David Gannon - UCD
Gareth Morton (The Borders); Nikki Walker (The Borders), Graeme Morrison (Glasgow Hawks), Philip Godman (Newcastle Falcons), Andrew Turnbull (Watsonians); Alistair Warnock (Boroughmuir and Scottish Institute of Sport), Mark McMillan (Stirling County and Scottish Institute of Sport); John Malakoty (Glasgow Hawks), James Henry (Leicester Tigers), Alasdair Dickinson (Dundee HSFP and Scottish Institute of Sport), Alasdair Stroksoch (Boroughmuir and Scottish Institute of Sport), Mark Rennie (Newcastle Falcons), Steve Swindall (Glasgow Hawks), Allister Hogg (Edinburgh Rugby and Scottish Institute of Sport) captain, Kelly Brown (Melrose and Scottish Institute of Sport). Replacements. Fergus Thomson (West of Scotland and Scottish Institute of Sport), Gavin Mories (Glasgow Hawks), Stuart Male (Glasgow Hawks), Tom MacCormick (Harlequins), Brendan McKerchar (Durham University), Tom Philip (Edinburgh Rugby and Scottish Institute of Sport), Colin Shaw (Glasgow Hawks).