Six nations: Ireland battles to victory over Scotland

(CNN)After a bruising and unexpected defeat to England in Dublin last week, Ireland belatedly got the defense of its Six Nations title underway with a hard fought 22-13 win over Scotland at Murrayfield.

Notoriously slow starters in recent years, Ireland had to cope with the loss of talismanic fly-half Johnny Sexton through a first half head injury in Edinburgh.
But the pre-tournament favorites displayed plenty of the impressive form and toughness that has seen them rise to No. 2 in the rugby world rankings as they eventually got the better of the hosts.

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