MX23RW : Tuesday, March 19 15:57:04
Mar 21, 2015 at 2.30pm UK
Scotland
10-40
Ireland
Russell (29')
FT
O'Connell (4'), O'Brien (24', 71'), Payne (49')

Result: Ireland cruise past Scotland

Ireland can still win the Six Nations after thrashing Scotland 40-10 at Murrayfield in their final match of the tournament.

Ireland have returned to the top of the standings in the 2015 Six Nations championship with a 40-10 win over Scotland at Murrayfield this afternoon.

Paul O'Connell of Ireland scores the first try during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield on March 21, 2015© Getty Images

Ireland headed into the match knowing that they needed to win by more than 20 points to move back above Wales in the standings, and they made a strong start as Paul O'Connell powered over inside the opening five minutes.

Sean O'Brien created some space to run the ball over for a second, but the hosts kept the scores close at the interval as Finn Russell burst down the line to keep his side in contention.

The visitors were dominant at the start of the second half as they tried to open up the required gap, resulting in a try for Jared Payne, leaving Ireland and Wales level on points difference.

Ireland had a lineout late on as they tried to keep their title hopes alive, and O'Brien managed to squeeze over after taking the ball from Jamie Heaslip.

The result moves Ireland ahead of Wales, but they can still be caught by England in the final match of the tournament if they beat France by 26 points later.

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