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- RBS Six Nations
- 2nd Feb 2013
- KO 13:30
- Ground: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
- Att: 71,254
Wales v Ireland - Live
Full time WALES 22 - IRELAND 30
80 That's it! What a breathtaking second half. Ireland will be mighty relieved. Thanks for joining us. Cheers!
79 Ireland do well to keep play in Welsh territory...the fairytale comeback will not be. Goodbye to the Grand Slam for Wales.
77 CONVERSION, HALFPENNY. 22-30. The gap is eight points with three minutes left, surely they can't save this one.
76 TRY, WALES, MITCHELL. 20-30. Wales maul it close from the line-out. A few phases later, replacement prop Craig Mitchell bashes over! What a comeback...but it still seems too little too late.
74 Knock on Wales! Oh, they've ruined another golden chance. Heaslip picks and goes from the base of the 5m scrum. O'Driscoll at scrum-half (!!) clears.
72 It's all Wales...still. They are camped on the Irish line. They butcher another chance and Davies doesn't send it wide to Faletau, who was waiting in acres of space.
70 YELLOW CARD, IRELAND, MURRAY. Ireland loose another man and it could be a try too! Did Faletau get the ball onto the post pad? No...
68 Best returns just in time for a scrum on the Irish 22. Penalty! Against Healy. Wales turn down the easy three points and Biggar kicks into the corner.
67 Sean O'Brien coughs up a penalty and Biggar kicks into the corner. The line-out is stolen but Wales counter attack from Sexton's clearance. There is sheer panic in the Irish ranks!
66 Wales continue to kick long on Gilroy from their own half and then run it back hard when the wing is forced to kick. Ireland have hardly touched the ball in the last 20 minutes.
64 That man BOD comes to the rescue again, winning the penalty in his own 22, forcing Davies to hand on. Ireland look to slow the game down with a maul after the line-out. They need to wrestle control back here.
62 Wales are cutting loose here, trying to cash in on the extra man. Gilroy is being targeted. As wave after wave of red jersey's keep coming!
60 Halfpenny fails to convert his try from the touchline - that's crucial. Wales are still three scores behind entering the final quarter.
59 TRY, WALES, HALFPENNY. 15-30. There it is! Wales finally find the man out wide and Halfpenny sneaks into the corner. The TMO gives his rubber stamp...is the comeback on here? Surely not!
57 YELLOW CARD, IRELAND, BEST. The Irish hooker gets sent to the bin for using his hands on the deck.
56 Wales have butchered two clear chances already but they still have it 5m short of the Irish line. Twice they've had space out wide and either threw poor passes or took the wrong option.
54 Wales have not left the Irish half since Cuthbert's try. Mike Phillips and Romain Poite have an argument after the scrum-half takes a penalty quickly from the wrong mark. Biggar can set up the attacking line-out however.
52 It's becoming a bit helter-skelter now. Gilroy kicks out on the full. It's amazing how quickly the momentum can change. But is it too late for Wales?
51 Wales have got their tails up here. Suddenly the momentum has changed. BOD gets a hand onto Phillip's arm to disrupt his pass with Wales looking dangerous again. The game is opening up.
49 CONVERSION, HALFPENNY. 10-30. Time for Wales to go for broke.
48 TRY, WALES, CUTHBERT. 8-30. There's the reaction we were looking for! Alex Cuthbert comes in at pace and on the angle to slice through midfield and score untouched.
46 Here we go...Wales finally get something going. They're camped on the Irish line. A patient build-up looks promising.
44 CONVERSION, SEXTON. 3-30. Wales are falling off tackles and looking like a disjointed rabble. Someone just said "they look like they've got a 'it wasn't my fault attitude'..." harsh!
43 TRY, IRELAND, O'DRISCOLL. 3-28. Try number 46 from BOD and that should be the end of Wales. O'Driscoll snipes from short range after Kearney is stopped just short.
Second half Here we go for round two. It's a long way back from here. The first scrum goes to Ireland...
Half time WALES 3 - IRELAND 23
42 PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON. 3-23. Sexton doesn't miss those. It's half time and the result looks settled already. Can Wales fight back from here? Unlikely. We'll be back in ten.
40 Sexton has a chance to land another blow just before the break. Aaron Shingler is trapped on the wrong side of a ruck and gives away the penalty.
38 Wales retaining possession wonderfully here. They keep on going forward and are only 6m out now...but the penalty goes against Wales! Brilliant work from Best on the deck under the sticks! Genkins goes off now with blood pouring from his head. Sexton clears for Ireland.
36 Dan Biggar is not having a great day. He kicks one straight down the throat on Gilroy. The Irish wing doesn't have too many option though so he must kick it back. Wales are enjoying thir best passage so far.
34 PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY. 3-20. Wales are on the board at last as Halpenny finds the mark from the 22m line after Ireland fail to roll away at a ruck.
31 Oh. Wales are having a shocker. Jonathan Davies sends his pass in between his team-mates and out into touch inside the Irish 22 and Wales' best opportunity ends in an Irish line-out.
29 PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON. 0-20. Sexton splits the uprights from a long way out and off to the side. It's been a perfect first 30 minutes for the visitors.
27 It's all going wrong for Wales as Toby Faletau is tag-teamed by D'Arcy and BOD, wand the ball comes out on the Irish side of the ruck.
25 CONVERSION, SEXTON. 0-17. The lead grows...
24 TRY, IRELAND, HEALY!! 0-15 Best charges down Biggar and collects the ball on the volley. Great hands by Heaslip and Zebo to keep it off the deck as Ireland break out. Healy crashes over from short range. Ireland looking good!
22 PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON. 0-10. Wales are under the cosh here. Word from the touchline is that Rees just got five stitches on his brow.
20 The ref plays advantage as Coombs is offside. Sexton sends a drop goal wide from right in front. We'll come back for the penalty...Sexton should slot this.
18 Oooh! Great hands from BOD again! The Irish are camped on the Welsh line. Gilroy is stopped inched short. Wales hanging on by their finger tips.
16 Another overthrown Irish line-out means the hosts can avert the danger...for now.
15 Matthew Rees leaves the field with a big cut on his eyebrow. We have another scrum on halfway and again Wales are penalised...Adam Jones this time for collapsing. Sexton sets up the line-out on the Welsh 22.
13 CONVERSION, SEXTON. 0-7. Great start for Ireland!
11 TRY, IRELAND, ZEBO. 0-5. Zebo scores the try but all the credit must go to Brian O'Driscoll for drawing three defenders and showing wonderful hands to put Zebo clear out wide!
9 Ireland send it wide and Gilroy tries to go around Halfpenny - that's ambitious. His offload inside is knocked on by a Welsh hand though so Ireland have a scrum 15m out.
7 Whoa! Best can't find Ryan in the air but Warburton knocks on as he tries to steal it. A let off for Ireland. The first scrum penalty goes against Genkins for boring in...Sexton sends play to the Welsh half.
6 A bit of kicking now between the full-backs. Kearney tests Halfpenny under the ball but he is up to the task. Most of the possession is with Wales. Biggar finds touch from a penalty for offside.
4 Sexton kicks for touch inside the home 22. First test for the Welsh line-out....They pass with flying colours and Biggar clears.
2 Both teams seem eager to keep ball in hand early on but play is confined to between the 10m lines so far.
Kick-off Here we go! Dan Biggar kicks off for the defending Grand Slam champions! A bit of early ping-pong but it stays infield. Wales take it through the phases on the half-way line.
Weather Blue skies and sunshine. Perfect!
Team news BOD is back! Gordon D'Arcy and Brian O'Driscoll will partner each other in the centre for a world record 48th time at international level. Rob Kearney returns at full back with Simon Zebo and Craig Gilroy named on the wings. Locks Mike McCarthy and Donnacha Ryan will start a championship game together for the first time. Flank Sean O'Brien also returns.Jamie Heaslip is captain.
Team news Dragons lock Andrew Coombs will make his Test debut for Wales. Harlequins lock Olly Kohn is also set to make his first international appearance after being named amongst the replacements. Up front, Adam Jones is reunited in the front-row with fellow British & Irish Lions Matthew Rees and Gethin Jenkins. Dan Biggar is preffered to James Hook at fly-half.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for our coverage of the opening Test of the 2013 Six Nations championship. It's set to be a cracker as recently games between these sides have produced plenty of talking points. Kick-off is approaching...don't go away!
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