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Andrew Conway dives over to score Ireland’s bonus-point try in the win over Wales at the Aviva Stadium yesterday, despite the efforts of Jarrod Evans. Photo: Ramsey Cardy

Andrew Conway dives over to score Ireland’s bonus-point try in the win over Wales at the Aviva Stadium yesterday, despite the efforts of Jarrod Evans. Photo: Ramsey Cardy

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Andrew Conway dives over to score Ireland’s bonus-point try in the win over Wales at the Aviva Stadium yesterday, despite the efforts of Jarrod Evans. Photo: Ramsey Cardy

Andy Farrell's Ireland reached the first staging post of their Six Nations campaign in good health with a two wins from two thanks to a bonus-point 24-14 win over Grand Slam holders Wales at the Aviva Stadium yesterday.

They survived a close call in the second half when Wales' centre Hadleigh Parkes was knocked back on a try claim that could have changed the game.

"Of course it was important and we needed to be better because he's done that to us before," Farrell said afterwards.

"He's done that to a few teams to be fair to him. But I just got a sense today that no matter what was being thrown at us, we managed that game superbly, especially in the second half.

"I've absolutely no doubt that Wales were really pleased with the half-time result because of the strong wind and obviously we had a few opportunities that we didn't convert but how we managed that second half against a strong wind was really pleasing. When we got an opportunity to strike from a scrum, a solid set piece scrum, and to score a bonus-point try was really pleasing."

Ireland appear to have fared well on the injury front too. Garry Ringrose will be out for Twickenham, having broken his finger last week, and Caelan Doris was deemed unfit for yesterday after being concussed in the same game, but only Robbie Henshaw - another to be withdrawn on a HIA - featured on the injury list yesterday.

After last week's defeat in France, England got themselves back on track in dreadful conditions in Murrayfield with a powerful final quarter that took them clear of Scotland, who in a position to win the game at one point.

Ireland were spared having to play in similar circumstances, and were well worth the win.

"I'm always proud of this group," said captain Johnny Sexton. "Even last week when we didn't have our best performance. I'm happy we were able to play and get over the line a few times.

"I thought with that wind the five point lead had half-time maybe wasn't enough. We held them out and had a little bit of luck.

"We made the game easier by showing up for each other and that's what we asked from ourselves last night. But we need to step up we don't win much in Twickenham and we've got a couple of spankings over there recently."

The squad have a couple of days off now and reconvene in Cork in midweek.

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