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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.

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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.

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