Saturday 22 July 2017

Ireland V Wales: Clockwatch

Brian O'Driscoll leads his men out on the occasion of his 100th cap for Ireland.

2: Cheeky kick-ahead by Stephen Jones, but Ireland steal the first Welsh lineout. Ominous.

3: Fleet of foot from David Wallace, and Wales go offside in midfield. Jonathan Sexton has a chance straight down the middle from 35 metres, but drags it to the left of the posts.

9: Better line-out from Wales, and Sexton is penalised. Jones takes a simple three-pointer.

13: O'Driscoll is penalised for going off his feet, but Jones pushes his kick across the posts.

16: Ireland put the ball through hands out wide, find Cian Healy and then work it the other way. Jonathan Thomas penalised off his feet and Sexton makes no mistake from 35 metres.

22: Inside pass from Sexton to Tommy Bowe gives Ireland a break. Wales penalised for hauling back illegally and Sexton converts. Rob Kearney replaces the injured Gordon D'Arcy.

26: Quick penalty from Ireland with Wales in disarray and Keith Earls crashes through on the angle, rolls over to touch down. Sexton's conversion hits the post.

30: Paul O'Connell off-loads to Tomas O'Leary 20 metres out, and the scrum-half runs in for Ireland's second try. Sexton's conversion from the line is pushed wide.

37: Wales's best few minutes of the match culminate with a penalty for Jones in front of the posts and he makes no mistake.

Half-time: Ireland 16, Wales 6

48: Wales opt for a scrum close to the Irish line after sustained pressure but a massive shove from Ireland turns over the ball and Sexton clears.

50: Earls kicks deep, forcing Lee Byrne into touch and he is penalised for throwing the ball away. Sexton converts.

54: Jones penalty for Wales.

59: Lovely pick-up from O'Driscoll and O'Leary bursts through and Earls is there again, handing off one man and rolling through for his second try. Sexton misses the conversion.

62: Ireland penalised again off the feet, and Jones gets the three points.

72: Ireland penalised again -- John Hayes turning in at the scrum -- and Jones will kick to the corner. Wales gather and plough on, but Gareth Delve gets isolated and Ireland will clear.

76: Sexton puts his earlier troubles with the boot behind him with a crisply struck drop goal to finish the scoring.

Full-time: Ireland 27, Wales 12

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