Saracens - Maitland's Scotland suffer defeat in Dublin

Mar 10, 2018

Maitland's Scotland suffer defeat in Dublin

Saracens winger Sean Maitland played 80 minutes for Scotland in their 28-8 defeat to Ireland in the Six Nations.

The New Zealand-born wide man had a hand in the opening points of the game, making the tackle which led to Peter O’Mahony being penalised for going off his feet.

Greig Laidlaw slotted the following kick for three points before an opportunist Jacob Stockdale interception saw Ireland go 7-3 ahead.

Stockdale added a second try in the last minute of what was a gripping first period to further the home side’s advantage.

Scrum-half Conor Murray squeezed over just after the interval for a third Irish score but a great line and pass from Maitland allowed Blair Kinghorn to fly over in the corner and reduce the deficit to 13.

Ireland threw everything at the Scottish defence in search of a bonus point try. however several blue shirts - including Maitland - performed admirably over the ball to thwart them for a large spell.

Eventually, Sean Cronin crawled over for that all-important fourth five-pointer to put Ireland in touching distance of winning the tournament.

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