Tuesday 21 November 2017

Ireland's Millennium marvels

Ireland have played at the Millennium Stadium six times, here's how they got on:

October 13, 2001 Wales 6 Ireland 36

In a match that was delayed due to the foot-and-mouth crisis, Ireland cruised to victory over Graham Henry's side thanks to tries from Denis Hickie, Shane Horgan and Brian O'Driscoll.

March 22, 2003

Wales 24 Ireland 25

Huge drama in Cardiff as a Ronan O'Gara drop-goal edged Ireland in front with minutes remaining, but the Welsh came back and had one last chance to win it. Justin Bishop appeared to deliberately knock on, but advantage was played and Denis Hickie somehow blocked Stephen Jones' drop-goal attempt to save the day for Ireland and extend their winning record in the Welsh capital.

March 19, 2005

Wales 32 Ireland 20

Mike Ruddock's Wales were on the cusp of a Grand Slam and, although Ireland had a shot at the Championship, nothing was going to stop the Dragons' push for glory. Riding a wave of emotion, Gethin Jenkins' try got them going and the boots of Stephen Jones and Gavin Henson kept the distance as Kevin Morgan sealed the Slam.

February 4, 2007

Wales 9 Ireland 19

Rory Best's charge-down try got Ireland up and running as they over-powered a disappointing Welsh side. Further tries from Brian O'Driscoll and Ronan O'Gara secured a comfortable win for Eddie O'Sullivan's men.

March 21, 2009

Wales 15 Ireland 17

The day of destiny for Ireland as the fans defied the recession by packing Cardiff to witness history. A frenzied second half saw Tommy Bowe and Brian O'Driscoll score tries, before Wales came back as Ireland's discipline slipped. Stephen Jones edged his side in front, but an O'Gara drop-goal regained the lead. Then came fly-half Jones' long-range, last-kick penalty effort which just came up short, and pandemonium ensued as Ireland won their first Grand Slam since 1948.

March 12, 2011

Wales 19 Ireland 13

Brian O'Driscoll crossed twice for Ireland, but this match will be remembered for Mike Phillips' try that wasn't. Illegally using a ball that had been presented to him by a ball-boy, Matthew Rees fed the scrum-half, who crossed untouched. Ireland complained, but referee Jonathan Kaplan would have none of it and Wales celebrated.

Irish Independent

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