I think we restricted them to an intercept try. In the couple of minutes leading up to the break, there was a period of play that saw Scotland go through 25 phases deep inside Irish territory without scoring a single point.
"They tried their heart out and you never question the courage of this team, that's not what anyone is talking about, or their commitment, but their attack was like watching paint dry".
Joe Schmidt's men found themselves three points down following an early penalty to Scotland, but a huge screw-up yards from the Try line gave Conor Murray the chance to put Ireland 5-3 up before the nerves set in.
Coach Joe Schmidt believed Sexton will be available for the next match at Italy on February 24.
Ireland's Jacob Stockade scores his side's second try.
The Scots were penalised at the scrum, fumbled on possession and a Russell forward pass all gave Ireland easy outs from their territory but when the champions got into the Scots 22, they looked set to take the game away.
"There was a definite rise in temperature and increase in energy", he said.
The try was a double blow to Scotland.
The Ireland out-half only lasted 24 minutes of Saturday's encounter until he was replaced by Munster's Joey Carbery. Ireland just took a grip of that game, raised the stakes.
"In that first half we were in our 22 for 34 per cent of the time and in our half for about 72 per cent of the time".
Scottish hooker Stuart McInally was more gracious in defeat praising the Irish for their resolute defence. 'If we were able to replicate it in the second, I think we'd be here with a win.' Laidlaw, meanwhile, was critical of referee Poite, citing one instance of particular injustice as far as the Scotland captain was concerned. Russell asked. "What changed? We'll need to be at our best if we are to win over there".
"The thing we don't have to rely on other people for is how we prepare ourselves and how we get out and play the week after next, and then in the final two rounds (against France at home and Wales away)".