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Sunday, February 27, 2011

RBS 6 Nations: Week 3 Kicking

Scotland 18-21 Ireland

Dan Parks 6 points (1 drop kick & 1 penalty kick)
Chris Paterson 12 points (4 penalty kicks)
Prior to the match: "We all know how disappointed everyone was after the Welsh game, the players are more disappointed than anyone. We think about the last game - that has to be put right - but if you look over the 18 months there have been a lot of good results. If the performance is right, the result will be right. We're expecting a big performance on Sunday and to put right our wrongs from the Wales game."
Ronan O'Gara 11 points (3 conversions & 1 try)
"At this level the margins are very fine. We beat Italy by one score, lost to France by one score and have now beaten Scotland by one score. It is all about the win and that is what we did."

Mirco Bergamasco 6 points (2 penalty kicks)
Prior to the match: "We watched the game against England and saw the mistakes we made. The team has worked very hard this week to make sure we don't repeat them and we improve from that performance. We have concentrated especially on our defence, which struggled in London."
James Hook 3 points (1 drop kick)
"The performance wasn't great but at the end of the day we won. We're now two from two on the road and that's something to build on. We probably expected more from ourselves but the big thing was winning. When we all sat down in the changing room after the game, that was what counted most. There were negatives in our game. We started really well in the opening 20 minutes and our attacking flair was good but we played within ourselves in the second half and that was frustrating. We had to hang on because we didn’t want to let them back in it and we had to play smart."
Stephen Jones 11 points (1 conversion & 3 penalty kicks)

Toby Flood 9 points (3 penalty kicks)
Jonny Wilkinson 3 points (1 penalty kick)
"It was a good way to enter. When you come on you are searching for the feel of the game. It is very difficult to execute things when you haven’t got a feel of what is going on so you want anything that gets you involved. With a kick like that, you are then going back to receive the kick-off. It makes you feel like you are starting afresh....
It is maybe the first time in my career I have been aware of the situation – and that was only because someone told me in the week. They told me Carter had taken the record and I said ’brilliant, awesome for him’. And then someone said: ’Actually, you are quite close to taking it back’. I did wonder if I would get a penalty today if I came on - and it came up first thing. The record doesn’t mean that much to me, it is just nice to get straight into the game."
Dimitri Yachvili 9 points (3 penalty kicks)
Prior to the match: 'We are scared to play England. They are the team we're most afraid to lose to. It would be the worst defeat of all. It is THE game for us because of all the history in France, because of Jeanne D'Arc (Joan of Arc), all the stuff about England."

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