Scotland lose Ryan Wilson for remainder of the Six Nations

Ryan Wilson started Scotland's first two Six Nations games of the season

However, Irish-based Australian coach Williams was quick to criticise Ireland's display, nowhere near the level that saw Schmidt's side topple the All Blacks 16-9 previous year.

The fly-half lasted less than half an hour of Saturday's 22-13 Six Nations victory at Murrayfield after suffering a blow and he subsequently failed a head injury assessment (HIA).

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.

The 22-year-old flanker was frustrated, however, to be off the field during that key set of phases at the end of the first half which saw Scotland's relentless toil go unrewarded as he was having 12 stitches put in above his eye. The Scots wasted several opportunities in attack as they crashed to a first home loss in the Six Nations since 2016. 'Just that final piece, the execution off our set-piece, which has been really good, that fell off the jigsaw today and that's my fault.

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw admitted their second-half errors cost them the game, saying, "We released the pressure valve".

"I think winning this game was very important", said Best.

Stuart Hogg will be assessed this week after picking up an injury against Ireland
Stuart Hogg will be assessed this week after picking up an injury against Ireland

Russell said: "The first half showed how good we can be".

"I'll be fine if I have to go back to Racing and play during the Championship's week off".

"But we don't strive for all right, we want to be the best we can be and England wasn't it".

Ireland's game management was made easier by Scotland committing 15 handling errors, more than twice as many as the Irish. "We're relying on other people now [to win the championship], but the one thing we don't have to rely on other people for is how we approach things and how we perform".

From our point of view, we were disappointed with it.' Stuart Hogg could be an injury worry for Scotland ahead of the visit to face France in Paris in a fortnight. 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. We could've scored a couple more tries.

"He just has to be a little bit selfish and look after himself by giving it a fraction earlier than he ordinarily would, because he is 33 and because we need him more than ever in the World Cup".