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Johnny Sexton Gives Honest Team Assessment After Late Scotland Heroics

Johnny Sexton Gives Honest Team Assessment After Late Scotland Heroics

Well, that was a bit closer than it should have been.

Ireland have secured their second victory of the 2021 Six Nations, defeating Scotland 27-24 at Murrayfield.

It was a game that Ireland really should have wrapped up much earlier on, but it took a late penalty from Johnny Sexton to make sure of the win.

Speaking after the game, the Ireland captain was certainly relieved to secure the win. However, he did not seem happy that the team had put themselves into that position after holding such a commanding lead. He also indicated that he had plenty left in the tank after recently signing a new one-year deal with the IRFU.

It's the same old story sometimes with us. We're just letting in soft tries, tries that just aren't acceptable at international level.

It's frustrating because I felt we dominated large parts of that game. We're 14 points up and suddenly we're drawing with a few minutes to go.

But it was great character to stay in the moment and bounce back. They're the things we've been working on.

The other part we've been working on is keeping our concentration and not giving away soft tries like we did...

Every time you put on the Ireland jersey you want to make everyone proud at home, you want to make your teammates and family proud. No matter what is on the line, even though we can't win this championship anymore, there is a lot at stake.

We're playing for our jerseys, trying to get on Lions tours, there's so much at stake. If we can finish second after the start we had in this competition it won't be a bad result...

What are my aspirations? To keep winning with Ireland and Leinster. I've got another year and I want to make the most out of this and next year, then see how I feel this time next year. Just take it a season at a time.

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He will be sticking around for a while yet.

Ireland now head into their final game of the campaign with some sort of momentum, with England set to arrive in Dublin next weekend.

Andy Farrell will be hoping to finish a very difficult few weeks on a high note.

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Gary Connaughton

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