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  1. Wales edge Ireland in thriller

    Wales edge Ireland in thriller

    Leigh Halfpenny's last-minute penalty gave Wales a 23-21 win over Ireland in an enthralling Six Nations see-saw battle in Dublin. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • Ireland
    • Wales
    • 80' Priestland hammers it into touch and Wales win a dramatic match. FULL TIME: Wales 21-23 Ireland. Thanks for joining us.
    • 79' Halfpenny converts. Ireland 21-23 Wales.
    • 79' Penalty Wales! Careless tackle from Ferris. He's going to the sin bin! Looked a very harsh decision.
    • 78' Solid phase play for Wales now in the Ireland half. Tense stuff.
    • 77' Ireland sub: O'Gara on for Sexton. Roberts tries to work something for Wales.
    • 76' TRY Wales! George North bulldozes his way over the line through three Ireland tacklers. Halfpenny misses! Ireland 21-20 Wales.
    • 76' George North is over the line but is he held up?
    • 75' North takes it through the midfield. Wales must do something quickly.
    • 74' Ireland sub: Court on for Healy. Penalty Wales in their own half. Good touch from Priestland.
    • 73' And Sexton misses. Pushed it wide.
    • 72' Wales not releasing. Penalty Ireland on the half way line. Sexton will eat up some time by taking the kick.
    • 71' Wales back with possession now. Hook boots upfield.
    • 70' Wales sub: Paul James on for Adam Jones.
    • 69' Jonny Sexton misses the conversion. Ireland 21-15 Wales.
    • 68' TRY Ireland! Tommy Bowe goes over in the corner. Great pass from Rob Kearney to create the overlap.
    • 67' Ireland so close to the Welsh line!
    • 66' Can Ireland make this advantage count? They have the ball in the Welsh half. Sexton finds a good touch. Big chance now. Ireland steal it!
    • 65' There's been an off the ball incident. Looks like a spear tackle. A yellow card for Bradley Davies. That was definitely worse than Warburton's red in the World Cup!
    • 64' Rob Kearney clears for Ireland under pressure. A good touch. Ryan Jones down injured. Wales win the lineout.
    • 63' O'Callahan off for Donnacha Ryan. Tipuric charges on for Wales. Good phase play here.
    • 62' Wales drive on into the Ireland half but Ireland turn it over. Murray kicks it straight out. Bad decision.
    • 61' Wales with possession now but Priestland kicks it away to Trimble.
    • 60' Tommy Bowe wins it back for Ireland and Ferris charges forward.
    • 59' Sexton converts. Ireland 16-15 Wales.
    • 58' Advantage Ireland as Best charges on. Back for the penalty. Very open game now.
    • 57' Great catch by Kearney who offloads to Murray. O'Connell can't offload with an overlap out wide.
    • 56' Halfpenny converts. Ireland 13-15 Wales. Game on. Tipuric gathers the restart.
    • 55' Try Wales! Brilliant offload by North to Davies. What a great move. A bad missed tackle by Ireland in the centre but a good move.
    • 54' Wales collect from the restart. Davies clears and Tommy Bowe spills it! Lineout Wales in Ireland's half.
    • 53' He converts. Ireland 13-8 Wales. The visitors back in it.
    • 52' Penalty Wales. McFadden penalised. Leigh Halfpenny to take.
    • 51' Lineout to Ireland. O'Connell takes.
    • 50' Now Wales turn it over. Good work from Gill.
    • 49' Ireland off the hook again and they have the ball through Heaslip.
    • 48' And it's Priestland who misses. Well wide. Very uncharacteristic. Perhaps Hook should have taken it.
    • 47' Patient play from Wales, Davies again in action. Penalty Wales. D'Arcy not releasing the man. Priestland to take.
    • 46' Davies charges forward, Wales back in Ireland's half.
    • 45' Trimble clears to find a very good touch for Ireland. Considerable territory gain. Great take by Trimble from Phillips' box kick.
    • 44' Sexton clears to Hook. Kearney catches Hook's high ball. Good phase play from Wales now.
    • 43' Sexton converts the penalty. Ireland 13-5 Wales.
    • 42' Penalty Ireland against Gill in the scrum. Sexton to kick.
    • 41' Hook has his first touch but is clattered and Ireland turn it over. Great tackle from Jamie Heaslip.
    • James Hook is on for Cuthbert and Warburton is also off injured, Tipuric coming on. We're underway again. Faletau catches from the restart but Ireland turn it over.
    • 40' HALF TIME: Ireland 10-5 Wales.
    • 39' Up and under from Sexton taken by Phillips. Wales with possession in the final minute. Davies charges on. Time up on the clock and Cuthbert knocks on.
    • 38' Sexton converts. Ireland 10-5 Wales.
    • 37' TRY Ireland! It's Rory Best from Tommy Bowe's pass. Great hands through the backs and Best is there in the corner. Against the run of play but clinical from Ireland.
    • 36' Penalty advantage to Ireland as Ross charges forward.
    • 35' Wales nearly lose possession but they scramble it back. Priestland clears to half way. Ireland take a quick one.
    • 34' The scrum collapses. Another put in to Wales.
    • 33' Murray half breaks and Heaslip charges forward. Healy eventually loses the ball but more like it from Ireland through the back row.
    • 32' And now Ireland turn over the ball and win a scrum on the half way line.
    • 31' Trimble makes a break but Jonathan Davies tracks back and Wales turn over possession.
    • 30' Bulldozing run from Ryan Jones but Ireland turn it over. Bowe charges up the line but he loses it too. Wales lineout.
    • 29' It looks like Kearney took out Priestland but nothing given.
    • 28' Sexton misses a fairly straightforward kick. Still Ireland 3-5 Wales.
    • 27' Sexton's drop goal misses and back we come for the penalty. It was a late hit by Mike Phillips on Tommy Bowe.
    • 26' For all their pressure and territory, Wales are only two points ahead. A quick injury time out and we're underway again. Murray turns over possession from Halfpenny. Ireland have a penalty advantage.
    • 25' Wales with pressure in the Ireland 22. Priestland kicks too long and Ireland have a scrum. First mistake from Priestland.
    • 24' Sexton covers across to clear the danger from Priestland's kick. Ireland steal the Welsh throw yet again.
    • 23' And O'Connell steals the Wales lineout. Sexton kick to Cuthbert who finds touch. Trimble takes it quickly. Breathless stuff.
    • 22' O'Callaghan collects for Ireland and Murray clears to touch.
    • 21' Great kick by Ryan Jones of all people finds touch in the corner. Yet more Welsh pressure.
    • 20' Priestland finds touch and Wales have a lineout on the half way line.
    • 19' Great take from Kearney from the up and under and Ireland charge forward. But Murray is offside and Wales have a penalty.
    • 18' Priestland misses in front of the posts. His kick clatters against the post and Ireland collect.
    • 17' Advantage to Wales as O'Brien is off his feet. All Wales at the moment. And the penalty is taken.
    • 16' Phillips charges forward for Wales. More pressure. Several phases but it's slow ball for Wales.
    • 15' Paul O'Connell in front of the kicker at the restart. Careless and Wales have it back.
    • 14' Priestland misses the conversion. Ireland 3-5 Wales. It's Davies' 6th try in 22 Tests for Wales.
    • 13' Priestland to Jonathan Davies and it's a try to Wales down the short side!
    • 13' Free kick to Wales for an early engagement from Ireland. Davies bullocks forward again and Wales inch closer.
    • 12' Wales now knock on and Ireland have a scrum. Very even game so far.
    • 11' Priestland kicks to Kearney, who finds touch.
    • 10' Phillips tries a break but O'Connell stops him in his tracks. Wales still with possession.
    • 9' And Ferris steals the lineout. Ireland work it through the backs. Good phase play by Ireland but they eventually knock on and Wales have a scrum.
    • 8' Wales push too early in the scrum and Ireland releive the pressure with a free kick. Sexton finds touch.
    • 7' It looks like it's been held up on the line. Great Irish defence. And it is a scrum 5 to Wales. Great pressure from the visitors.
    • 6' Phillips just short. Great pressure from Wales! Knock on from Tommy Bowe, great run from North and Ryan Jones thinks he's over! The TMO is having a look ...
    • 5' Davies collects and bulldozes forwward from the lineout. A great run. Roberts a metre short!
    • 4' Ireland collect Priestland's restart. Sexton finds a good touch.
    • 3' Sexton converts. Ireland 3-0 Wales.
    • 2' Advantage being played to Ireland. Conor Murray taken out in the ruck by Ryan Jones. Penalty Ireland.
    • 1' Great break from Halfpenny and he clears downfield. Ireland have possession and are keeping it in the pack in the Welsh half.
    • Referee Wayne Barnes blows the whistle and gets us underway here. The atmosphere is electric, both teams with ambitions of winning the championship. Ireland collect and win a penalty as Mike Phillips is penalised. They miss the kick to the corner.
    • 14.55 Of the past 10 Six Nations meetings, Ireland have won seven, Wales three. Kick-off is immanent.
    • 14.50 Wales have endured a barren run in Ireland of late, their only victory since 2000 coming at Croke Park in 2008.
    • 14.45 Wales hooker Huw Bennett wins his 50th cap today to become only the second Wales hooker to achieve that feat after Garin Jenkins.
    • 14.40 Ronan O'Gara will break Mike Gibson's record of tournament appearances if he comes off the bench against Wales. Jonathan Sexton starts for Ireland at fly half.
    • 14.35 Since reaching the semi-final of the World Cup, Wales have lost their last three Test matches, including the defeat to France.
    • 14.30 Ireland have won the opening fixture of the 6 Nations for the past seven seasons but Warren Gatland's Wales have won their last two Test matches against Ireland.
    • 14.25 Ireland will be keen on inflicting revenge after losing to Wales 22-10 in the quarter final of the World Cup but they will have to do it without the talismanic Brian O'Driscoll, who is out injured.
    • 14.20 Hello and welcome to our LIVE match coverage of Ireland v Wales at the Aviva Stadium. Kick off 15.00 GMT.
  • Summary

    Ireland versus Wales
    Best 37’, Bowe 68’ Tries Davies 14’, 55’, North 76’
    Sexton 39’ Conversions Halfpenny 56’
    Sexton 4’, 44’, 60’ Penalties Halfpenny 54’, 80’
      Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • Ireland

    Manager: Declan Kidney

    On the Field

    Subs

    • O'Gara Substitution In (77′)
    • Reddan Substitution In (77′)
    • Ryan Substitution In (63′)
    • Court Substitution In (74′)
    • Cronin
    • Kearney
    • O'Mahony

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • Wales

    Manager: Warren Gatland

    On the Field

    Subs

    • James Substitution In (70′)
    • Williams
    • Hook Substitution In (41′)
    • Owens
    • Powell
    • Tipuric Substitution In (41′)
    • Williams

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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