Six Nations 2019: Scotland lose Ryan Wilson for rest of tournament

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"Both remain part of the Scotland squad and will be assessed by a specialist this week to inform their programme of rehabilitation". "We'll need to be at our best if we are to win over there".

Just as the host's looked destined for a long and disappointing afternoon, Finn Russell broke the Irish XV with electric speed to carry the ball to within touching distance of the try line before being slammed to the deck by Keith Earls. Unlike in the first half, the Scots couldn't get a foothold in the Irish 22 or sustain an attack.

"But it was just that final piece, the execution off set-piece which has been really good, that fell off the jigsaw today, and that's my fault". I thought with the pressure we put on Ireland's kicks, we won those battles. "I'm the attack coach and we weren't able to get those two or three phases, either to get in behind the defence or set up our attack shape, which was working well in the first half".

Scotland began brightly and got the scoreboard moving first, but they helped Ireland into the game and put themselves needlessly under pressure with their first pair of terrible defensive blunders. It seemed a key moment to the scribblers in the press box but Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw was not convinced.

France didn't have an answer to England, and it wasn't clear if they were even looking for one, but they are at their most compelling when the game loses its structure, and they will have watched Scotland's error-strewn performance against Ireland with great interest.

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"But we don't strive for all right, we want to be the best we can be and England wasn't it". It should have been play-on. "If you're Gregor Townsend [Scotland coach] you're going "we blew that".

"We just lacked a bit of energy last week".

Now with trips to Paris and Twickenham - two venues in which the Dark Blues have never managed an away win during the Six Nations era - sandwiching Wales' visit to Edinburgh, Russell knows his side could be facing another Championship of frustration if they suffer again at the Stade de France in a fortnight's time.

Scotland have been hit by a triple whammy of injuries following the Ireland match on Saturday. 'He's sore, very sore, ' said Townsend. We could've scored a couple more tries. These things happen quickly but there was a collision there that forced him to fly over and land on the point of his shoulder. We conceded the try a minute after that and lost one of our best players'.

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