Delighted Ireland look forward to Wales test

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Ireland full-back Rob Kearney was delighted to make a winning start to this season’s RBS 6 Nations yesterday but warned sterner challenges lie ahead.

The Irish were comfortable 28-6 victors over Scotland in Dublin, with Kearney among the try-scorers as the hosts overpowered their lacklustre visitors.

Stand-in skipper Jamie Heaslip and Andrew Trimble also crossed the try-line as Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt enjoyed a win in his first Six Nations outing, but with two-time defending champions Wales to come in less than a week, no one in the Ireland camp will be getting carried away.

“To get off to a winning start is something that every team wants to do, so we’re really happy with that,” Kearney said.

Looking ahead to next Saturday’s clash with Wales, who are bidding to become the first team to win three successivesixc Nations titles outright but opened their defence with a unconvincing 23-15 win over Italy on Saturday, Kearney said: “It’s a massive challenge for us. We are under no illusions.”