Dont think Barnes was consistent as usual. Two potential tries stopped by each team feom deliberate knock ons. One saw yellow the other didn't. One a definate penalty try, because absolutely nobody would have stopped North 5 yards out from a clear line. Yellow for first offence in game against Ireland for Sexton in the previous match might not have seemed wrong had the same standard been applied for the remainder of game, which again it wasn't. Just plain inconsistent but felt for him a little with doctor who should never see a Rugby field again.
Shame it not for the championship but Ireland will be playing for world cup ceeding which is a hell of a lot more important to them than spoiling the party of deserved winners. Cant wait for this contest.
Great game! Scotland nulified probably the best back three in the championship in the first half double tackling Heaslip and Stander in particular. Ireland were sloppy and defending narrow probably to protect 10 in Sextons absence. Great comeback but Scotland made every score hard earned. Shame a harsh penalty on Jackson settled it, but in fairness in favour of deserved winners.
Im Irish and I would not call their performance dirty, cynical certainly. You just dont give away that many penalties in your own 22 and expect to be called anything else and with respect to Kiwi in Germany there could have been many more offsides, not releasing after tackles that the Ref missed that should have led to more yellows for repeated cynical play.