Ireland beaten by Wales

Updated: February 5, 2012

Ireland 21-23 Wales

80 Mins


J Sexton (Pen, Con, Pen, Pen)
R Best 38 (Try)
T Bowe (Try)


J Davies (Try, Try)
Halfpenny (Pen, Con, Pen)
North (Try)


Wales deserve their victory. Ireland were not in the match for large periods of the match and, at times, didn’t match Wales’ intensity all over the pitch but should have Davis seen red instead of yellow? Not sure that would have made the difference in the end as Ireland lost four tries to two and should have killed off the game after Halfpenny missed the conversion.

Many questions remain over Ireland’s defense which was overrun for 50 minutes. Ireland has now lost the last three games against Wales

Ireland now have to travel to France and win, something they haven’t done since 2000.

80 Mins Wales win at the Aviva.
80 Mins He scores. Is there enough time left for Ireland???
79 Mins Penalty to Wales inside final minute and this will win Wales the game. Ferris sees yellow. Poor from Ireland. This is the Six Nations journey over before it has begun.
76 Mins Halfpenny MISSES! O’Gara and Reddan are in.
75 Mins TRY for Wales. North looks like he touched down. TMO to make a big decision. If the conversion goes over, Ireland will be behind with less than four minutes remaining.
73 Mins He misses but having a shot from inside his own half, he can be forgiven for that. Cian Healy to be replaced by Ulsters Tom Court.
70 Mins Donnacha Ryan is having a stormer since coming on. His tackle has led to a turnover and penalty for Ireland. Sexton to attempt a long-range shot at goal to put Wales out of try-scoring range.
68 Mins TRY for Ireland. Tommy Bowe in the corner. It all came form Sextons kick into the corner, Ryan stole the Welsh lineout and a number of phases followed, Sexton threw it out to Kearney who fed Bowe who was never going to miss from 10 meters out. Sexton misses the conversion.
64 Mins Lock Bradley Davis has seen yellow for dropping Ryan in a spear like tackle, akin to Warburton’s red in NZ – Should have been RED!!
64 Mins Something has happened off the ball here, Touch judge has signaled to the referee.
63 Mins Wales are employing a tactic of kicking to Ireland’s back three instead of touch, where Ireland have a superior set-piece. D Ryan replaces D Callaghan for Ireland.
59 Mins Sexton gives Ireland the lead but just one point in it. Still all to do for ireland.
57 Mins A try saving tackle from North there. Took man and ball and that man was O’Connell. Wales are deliberately slowing the ball down when Ireland had possession. Great response from Ireland. Sexton with another kick at goal.
55 Mins Davies scores his second try. What an off-load from North to let Davies to slip in. All from the lineout that Tommy Bowe caused. It was a simple catch he should have made. This game is Wales’ for the taking.
52 Mins It squeezes inside the post for Halfpenny. Ireland need to get hands on the ball and be patient. Wales have too much possession. Bowe has just taken his eye off the ball and now Wales have a line out just outside Ireland’s 22′
52 Mins Another needless penalty for Wales within kicking distance. Lee Halfpenny has taken the ball and lines it up.
49 Mins An absolute howler from Priestland. Nowhere near making the posts. Hook and Halfpenny should step up now and demand to be given a chance to kick. Ireland win the restart.
47 Mins Ireland’s defense looks more cohesive in this half, no panicking but Wales still have possession and going through the phases. Ah penalty to the Welsh within kicking distance. Preistland lines it up. Crowd gone very quiet here.
43 Mins No miss this time from the Leinster out-half. Eight pints ahead now Ireland.
42 Mins Sexton with an early shot at goal near the side of pitch. Already Ireland have up their intensity.
40 MinsSECOND-HALF GETS UNDERWAY. James hook has replaced Alex Cuthbert and Justin Tipuric repalces Warburton as Sexton gets us underway.

Rumours that Warburton has gone off for Wales.

40 Mins HALF-TIME here at the Aviva. Ireland somehow lead going into the break despite Wales absolutely dominating possession and territory. Priestland might rue his missed kicks come full-time but Ireland need to change their tactics and stop being so predicable. Positive notes are we are dominating at the line out. O’Connell stole two consecutive welsh lineouts. Expect O’Gara to replace Sexton after ten minutes to keep Wales in their own half. It’s still all to play for here. Stay tuned for the second half!
37 Mins TRY for Ireland. Rory Best scores the easiest try of his career. Made by Tommy Bowe out of nothing really. Fergus McFadden, Heaslip and O’Brien heavily involved in the build up. Sexton adds the extras. The Welsh players really must be shocked at this.
32 Mins Finally we see O’ Brien and Heaslip get their hands on the ball and make some yards. Scrum to Wales inside their own 22′.
30 Mins Ireland can’t get out of their half here. Think Sean O’Brien has carried the ball for first time in match. We need him, Ferris and Heaslip to take the initiative and carry the ball over the game-line. Ireland’s backs don’t look like getting through Wales’ defense.
28 Mins Sexton misses it. Don’t believe that.
27 Mins The touch judge has a word with the ref about Mike Phillips let tackle on Tommy Bowe. Penalty to Ireland here and Sexton with kick number two, unbelievably Ireland could take the lead her despite Wales’ domination.
25 Mins Wales still have majority of possession. They are getting massive numbers at the breakdown everytime and Ireland are holding on. lets hope their experience shows as they game progresses.
22 Mins O’Connell steals a Wales lineout. More of the same needed of Ireland are to get a foothold in this game, which is incredibly open now – Which suits Wales perfectly.
20mins: An absolute brilliant take from Rob Kearney, from Sexton’s up and under. But Conor Murray is offside. Wales clear their lines.
15mins: You just can’t take your eyes off this game. Wales look like they can score a try form basically anywhere on the pitch. currently dominate possession and Ireland’s defense is been run ragged. Preistland misses a sitter in front of the posts, Ireland on the break.
13mins: TRY for Wales, Johnathan Davies gets the touch down. Going to TMO but surely a try. Wales are running with power and pace, Ireland just can’t deal with them. It’s been coming. Priestland’s effort at the conversion hits the post.
11mins: Wales look the better team so far. Like the World Cup dominating at the breakdown as Ireland look all over the place. They need to settle quickly.
8mins: Early engagement from the Welsh at the scrum, penalty to the home side. Let off for Ireland. George North just ran over Kearney during last section of play. Kind of worrying.
7mins: NO TRY. 5 meter scrum to Wales. Not out of danger yet.
6mins: Well what a few minutes of rugby from Wales. Bradley Davies made the initial break from a lineout as Ireland fell asleep and a number of players almost crossed the line for the Welsh. Desperate defense from Ireland and now we wait on the TMO.
3mins: Sexton gives Ireland an early lead. Could be a high scoring game this afternoon.
2mins: The Leinster out-half can make amends with this shot at goal here. Blistering opening three minutes from Ireland.
2mins: Poor from Sexton. Didn’t make touch when in actual fact he should have gone for goal. Early let off for Wales.
0mins: Rhys Priestland gets the game underway at the Aviva!

Michael D has just made Ronan O’ Gara smile. Not every day you get a wry smile out of ‘ROG’. Now for the national anthems.

Just over 20 minutes to KO and the excitement is building. What are your thoughts on McFadden replacing Earls? Good, bad? George Hook reckons we have two No. 12′s in the centre now and Ireland have no plan ‘B’. Anyone agree?

Ireland Team:
(15-9)R Kearney, T Bowe, F McFadden,G D’Arcy, A Trimble, J Sexton,C Murray;
(1-8) C Healy, R Best, M Ross, D.O’Callaghan, P O’Connell (c), S Ferris, S O’Brien, J Heaslip

16 – Sean Cronin
17 – Tom Court
18 – Donnacha Ryan
19 – Peter O’Mahony
20 – Eoin Reddan
21 – Ronan O’Gara
22 – Dave Kearney

(15-9)Leigh Halfpenny; Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, George North; Rhys Priestland, Michael Phillips;
(1-8)Rhys Gill, Huw Bennett, Adam Jones, Bradley Davies, Ian Evans, Ryan Jones, Sam Warburton (C), Toby Faletau.

Replacements: Ken Owens, Paul James, Andy Powell, Justin Tipuric, Lloyd Williams, James Hook, Scott Williams

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