Ireland eye another Murrayfield success
February 21, 2011
Ireland's Stephen Ferris looks for support during his side's last visit to Murrayfield in 2009 © Getty Images
Celtic rivals Scotland and Ireland will meet for the 125th time at Murrayfield on Saturday.
The fixture dates back to 1877 and Scotland lead the all-time statistics with 63 victories to Ireland 55 with their most recent meeting in Dublin last year going the way of the Scots. The last of the five draws was in 1994. The first of the two matches staged in 1885 was abandoned with Scotland leading, but the sides agreed to a replay a fortnight later, provided the outcome of the abandoned match should not stand as a win for Scotland. Both games carry Test status.
Ireland's 44-22 win at Lansdowne Road in 2000 and Scotland's 38-10 Murrayfield win in 1997 are the highest scores recorded by the teams in this series. The best winning margin (30 points) in the matches was established in Ireland's 36-6 success at Murrayfield in 2003.
Ireland's David Humphreys set the record for the highest individual score in a match contributing 26 points at Murrayfield in 2003. Chris Paterson holds the corresponding Scottish record with 18 at Murrayfield in 2007.
William Stewart, a Tasmanian-born wing who played for Scotland, scored a record four tries in the 1913 fixture. Three players have scored try hat-tricks for Ireland: Eugene Davy (1930), Séamus Byrne (1953) and Brian O'Driscoll in 2002.
Ronan O'Gara is the leading overall scorer in the matches. He has scored 114 points for Ireland in 12 matches since 2000. Chris Paterson is Scotland's leading scorer in the series with 80 points in 11 appearances.
Scotland's Roy Laidlaw scored most tries in the matches: six in nine games between 1980 and 1988. Alan Duggan (1967 to 1971) and Brendan Mullin (1985 to 1995) each scored five for Ireland in this fixture.
Mike Gibson holds the record for most appearances in the series, playing 14 times between 1964 and 1979. He was capped eight times as a centre, five times as a fly-half and once as a replacement wing. Sandy Carmichael, Scott Hastings, Bill MacLagan and Paterson appeared 11 times for Scotland.
Scotland v Ireland Six Nations results:
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