Rugby U


Anthems done, referee Glen Jackson is ready to go, and Dan Biggar kicks off.

1' Halfpenny clattered as he takes a high ball, and Wales are attacking from their own half. A classic Biggar box kick puts Keith Earls under pressure, and Ali is offside trying to gather the dropped ball. Halfpenny is lining this one up.

Tough kick this one, not that Halfpenny notices things like that. PENALTY to Wales, who are on the board already.

4' Ireland take their own restart - clever little kick by Sexton - and Wales are penalised for not rolling away. Sexton will try and level things up. I say that like he might miss. It's not a hard kick.

6' I've jinxed him! The ball bounces back off the post, where Aaron Shingler gratefully collects it. Ooh, Wales are showing their ambition early having spotted a prop in defence on the wing, but the pass out wide went slightly forwards, and Ireland have a scrum 10m out.

7' Here come Ireland then, hammering away 5m out. Playing with an advantage, but they don't need it. TRY for Ireland!

Perfectly thrown pass wide by Sexton to Stockdale, who touches down in the corner. Nicely done. Wales being reminded of the dangers of running it out of their own 22 there. Sexton misses the conversion. It was a tricky one, to be fair.

10' Ireland clear as far as Halfpenny, and Wales are attacking on halfway. But they've been penalised at the breakdown, this time for Shingler diving off his feet. Two penalties already against Wales - that's as many as they conceded in the whole match against England. Irish lineout inside the Welsh 22.

11' The Irish set up a maul, which initially goes nowhere before rumbling forwards towards the Welsh line. It's in danger of being pushed into touch, so they give it to the backs, where it's immediately knocked on, fortunately for the defence. Some spectacular evasive action from Jackson to avoid being hit by the ball there.

12' The scrum is slow for Wales, prompting Murray to complain to the referee, who just tells him to get back onside. Eventually the ball comes out, and Wales clear for a lineout.