It was nowhere near the depths of Cardiff but Scotland's sorry away record in the Six Nations continued in Dublin yesterday as they were eventually beaten comfortably by superior Ireland side.
The Irish stayed undefeated by dispatching Scotland 28-8 with a four-tries bonus point at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.
But at times Scotland succeeded in making them look predictable. Glasgow's Lee Jones is promoted to the bench, meanwhile.
But the visitors dug in and got the first points on the board when Laidlaw stroked over a routine penalty in the 13th minute.
Ireland's sole problem could perhaps prove to be a fitness doubt for Cian Healy, who appeared to take a heavy blow to the head late in the first-half and was replaced just after 50 minutes. It was great to get a bonus-point today.
Sexton's conversion gave Ireland a 14-3 lead into the break and breathing room. Jones was beside him and Kinghorn further out but Horne threw to the wrong man - Kinghorn - and over the sideline.
Heeding their latest reprieve, Ireland stole a Scotland lineout to storm clear.
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"He said that, from his perspective, he gets through more ice to nurse more bumps and bruises in games against Ireland and South Africa than any other nation we play".
"We haven't talked about the bigger picture of the championship at all - just putting in a good performance against Ireland", said the defence chief.
Benjamin Fall came up with the ball but was tackled around the neck by Watson as he dived for the line, resulting in a yellow card and a penalty try being given by Peyper.
Sexton converted, and Irish fans started singing.
England surrendered the crown they have held for the last two years with a second successive defeat, a fortnight after falling to Scotland.
"They don't come around too easy, so as a team we're going to do our very, very best to make sure that we can produce".
"After we took the lead, we just breathed a sigh of relief, and at this level if you breathe a sigh of relief and go, 'This feels comfortable, this feels good, we're in control, ' bang, just like that, you lose control again".