Vincent Hogan: Ireland seem caught in a dangerous loop of doubt
Published 14/03/2011 | 05:00
Great, martyred sighs in Cardiff then as a ball-boy's sleight of hand unravelled a puzzle that had, palpably, been beyond Wales.
The post mortems lasted longer than a Wagner opera as Ireland seethed and the Welsh, suddenly peacocks in a local field, met their good fortune with smiles that never quite reached their eyes.
How could such a thing happen? The sport is policed more vigorously than a high-walled penitentiary, yet the Millennium was all but taped off as a crime scene.