History favours the home side
March 5, 2012
Ireland's Jamie Heaslip crosses last year in their 21-18 triumph at Murrayfield © Getty Images
Celtic rivals Scotland and Ireland will meet for the 127th time when they come face to face at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
The fixture dates back to 1877 and Scotland lead the all-time statistics with 64 victories to Ireland's 56 with their most recent meeting in Murrayfield 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.
The two sides have met 61 times in Ireland with the home side winning 30 of the matches and Scotland 27. The last time the pair met was back in March 2010 with Scotland taking the bragging rights 23-20.
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 125 points for Ireland in 13 matches since 2000. Chris Paterson is Scotland's leading scorer in the series with 95 points in 13 appearances.
Scotland's Roy Laidlaw scored most tries in the matches: six in nine games between 1980 and 1988. Alan Duggan (1967 to 1971), O'Driscoll (2000-2011) 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. Paterson has appeared 13 times for Scotland and currently holds that respective record.
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