Rugby U


14' Wales can't quite so enough to steal that lineout, and Ireland are up inside the Welsh 10m line. Oh dear, another penalty at the breakdown conceded by Wales. Could get costly, that. Sexton will try for the posts again. I'm tempted to try jinxing him again, but won't. This time.

15' Sexton's not brought his kicking boots today as he drags another relatively simple kick wide. Interesting. Wales have a 22 drop out as a result of his miss.

17' Ireland have had all the possession so far, and they pin Wales back with a grubber kick into touch inside the Welsh 22. Wales secure the lineout and clear, but only to Stockdale.

18' Ireland have set up camp on the Welsh 22. Oh but Wales have stolen it! They spread it wide, where a kick is put through by Scott Williams for Stef Evans to chase. He can't quite get there, but neither can the Irish defence, and Ireland will have a lineout inside their own 22.

19' Nice running by Sexton, who finds a way up to the halfway line with ball in hand. Stander finds a gap, Ireland up inside the Welsh 10m line and looking dangerous...

20' Welsh line speed is good, but Murray's getting plenty of quick ball, and Ireland are up to the 22... But Wales turn it over! Another long kick downfield, and Sexton is forced to find touch just outside his own 22.

21' Wales with their first bit of possession. And they've scored! TRY for Wales! What a response to the pressure they were under in the opening 20 minutes!

Gareth Davies spotted the Irish defence was looking messy after a Shingler drive, and picked his gap to run over under the posts. He's so dangerous in an open game, the Welsh scrum half. CONVERTED by Halfpenny, obviously.

After 22 minutes, Ireland have had 72% territory and a similar amount of possession, but find themselves five points down.

24' Dangerous crossfield kick for Liam Williams, which he can't quite take, but Stockdale knocks on trying to do so. Aerial battle ensues, until Wales end up with a lineout just inside the Irish half. Not straight, frustratingly, so it's an Irish free kick. Scrum time!