In the wake of that opening loss to England, Joe Schmidt's Ireland were on the receiving end of more criticism than at any time since the 2015 World Cup exit to Argentina, but Best stressed that there would be just the same level of internal pressure when the side next take the field away to Italy at the end of the month.
Ireland had lost the physical battle against Eddies Jones' England team, prompting a week of soul-searching, but Scotland were never going to beat the Irish in a similar way.
Scotland had shown so many positive attributes in the first half, despite a awful mix-up between their wings Tommy Seymour and Sean Maitland that gifted the first try to Conor Murray. 'If we were able to replicate it in the second, I think we'd be here with a win.' Laidlaw, meanwhile, was critical of referee Poite, citing one instance of particular injustice as far as the Scotland captain was concerned.
"I believe that the way we play will put pressure on any team, whether we're playing at home or away".
Conor Murray, Jacob Stockdale and Keith Earls bagged Ireland's tries, while Finn Russell's interception provided Scotland's try for centre Sam Johnson. We want to be better.
"It was two teams who went hard and we are very grateful to win".
"Our contact work against a very good defense was outstanding; just that final piece, the execution of set-piece, which has been really good, that fell off the jigsaw today".
"There was a lot of doubt around Ireland coming into this game", he said.
But a key period just before half-time saw Ireland heroically and desperately hold off a Scottish attack that lasted 25 phases.
"We'll go back to the pressure we put on and the coaches put on us". 'With the game going the way it was going, you can understand why we got frustrated. The Scotland head coach, Gregor Townsend, felt his side should have been awarded a penalty but does not expect the citing officer to review the incident.
Scotland's next match is against France in Paris in two weekends' time. Star fullback Stuart Hogg was hit late by Peter O'Mahony, flew over the Irish flanker, and crashed onto his right shoulder. 'We'll see what will happen over the next few days.
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