Dan Sheehan celebrates Ireland's first try. [Inpho/Ben Brady]

Ireland win Six Nations

Ireland 17 Scotland 13

Ireland won the Six Nations championship by eventually overcoming the resistance of a brave Scotland side at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin Saturday afternoon. It is only the third time that Ireland have won back-to-back championships. 

Scotland's Finn Russell opened the scoring with a penalty at 8 minutes after an energetic start for the visitors

Dan Sheehan capitalized on a Scottish mistake in the line-out and got his fifth try of this Six Nations in the 12th minute.

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A second from Russell brought the margin to the minimum, while Jack Crowley failed with a relatively easy penalty attempt. Ireland finished strongly in the first half but failed to convert the pressure into more points. The home side opened it up in the second half but were frustrated time and again, and particularly when a Tadgh Furlong touchdown was ruled out by TMO. 

Crowley, though, had made amends with a successful penalty kick, stretching the lead to 10-6. 

Scotland continued to defend everything Ireland threw at them. Again, the Irish were denied by a TMO decision that went against Robbie Henshaw

Eventually, in the 65th minute Andrew Porter broke the line with a try, and with the conversion Ireland were 17  to 6  in the lead.

Shortly after Harry Byrne was yellow-carded for a high tackle, Huw Jones scored under the posts and the game was back to just four points in the last two minutes. Ireland held on for the win and the championship. 

Home scrumhalf Jamison Gibson-Park was named the Player of the Match.

Captain Peter O’Mahony would not be drawn after the game on whether this was his last outing for Ireland.