Tuesday 15 October 2019

Rivals: Joe Schmidt, head coach of Ireland (left), with Warren Gatland, head coach of Wales. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Gareth Morgan: 'Schmidt heavily outfoxed in the psychological battle as Ireland fail in rain-sodden al fresco test' 

Joe Schmidt does not seem like a selfish man, nor is he the spiteful type. But he can be stubborn, and after Wales demolished Ireland at a sodden Principality Stadium, there was no denying that he had got solely sidetracked. His insistence on keeping the roof open was seen as a dig at Gatland, a personal battle... but it was one that did the fans, the occasion and the sport a deep injustice.