IRELAND 28 SCOTLAND 6
Tries from Andrew Trimble, Rory Best and Rob Kearney, secured an opening RBS Six Nations win over Scotland at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, on Sunday.
Leinster number eight Jamie Heaslip assumed the captaincy after lock Paul O’Connell was sidelined by a chest infection on Saturday night.
Ulster lock Dan Tuohy stepped up in the second row, while Iain Henderson took a seat on the bench and the former made the most of his opportunity.
Number eight Jamie Heaslip captained Ireland in O’Connell’s absence, in what was head coach Joe Schmidt’s first-ever Six Nations encounter. Brian O’Driscoll also surpassed Ronan O’Gara as Ireland’s most-capped player with 129 appearances.
Full-back Rob Kearney notched 50 caps with Leinster prop Martin Moore the sole uncapped player in Ireland’s match squad.
Scotland captain Kelly Brown equalled Doddie Weir’s 61-appearance record as the most-capped product of Melrose RFC.
Ireland’s victory ended a four-match Six Nations losing streak, and also banished the memory of their agonising 24-22 New Zealand defeat in the final autumn Test.