They got one more chance at the death from a scrum just inside the Scottish half, but they couldn't make it count. Tommy Seymour put his side under pressure when he tracked a bouncing ball back and then attempted to find a teammate with a wild pass. Conor Murray reacted quickly to regather possession, and Ireland scored the first try against the run of play.
"That pass release for Jacob's try was ideal, the guy maybe could have got to Jacob if not for that intent in trying to get to Johnny".
The fly-half was trampled on and had to be replaced by Joey Carbery after just 23 minutes.
GREGOR Townsend and Greig Laidlaw were in agreement about the main reason for Scotland's defeat by Ireland - a second-half performance which lacked the inspiration and energy of the first.
Ireland's defense held firm, however, despite coming under severe pressure to make it to half time 12-10 ahead. The hosts repelled wave after wave of Irish attack and eventually forced a turnover. There were two players involved but play went on.
The battle between the pair could prove pivotal as Ireland look to avoid suffering back-to-back defeats for the first time since their June 2016 Test series in South Africa - and as the Scots seek to emulate their 27-22 Murrayfield victory they achieved two years ago against an Irish side who sorely missed the absent Sexton. But they had the possession and the ability to stretch their lead, and Laidlaw admitted that, by comparison, Scotland had conceded cheap scores while finding it harder to score themselves. Scotland failed to keep Ireland at bay though, and it wasn't long before Carbery restored the visitors' commanding advantage.
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But Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is confident his star man will still be able to play his part in the rest of his side's Six Nations title defence.
"We have a lot of belief in what we're doing and how good a team we are", Best told the BBC. Conversions: Johnny Sexton, Joey Carbery.
Replacements: 16. Fraser Brown, 17.
Into the Ireland team comes Jack Conan, Chris Farrell, Quinn Roux and Rob Kearney while Scotland have also made four changes with Sean Maitland, Jonny Gray, Simon Berghan and back-row, Josh Strauss, all named in the team.
Ultan Dillane is placed on the bench to fill Roux's spot.