LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

Six Nations

Thumb_ireland-ed Ireland

26

Thumb_wales-ed Wales

3
Kick-off local time : Sat, 08 February 2014 - 14h30
Kick-off : Sat, 08 February 2014 - 16h30
Venue : Dublin
Referee : Wayne Barnes (England)
Match status : Result
  Ireland Wales
Tries
Penalties Jonathan Sexton (7min), Jonathan Sexton (17min), Jonathan Sexton (46min), and Jonathan Sexton (59min) Leigh Halfpenny (56min)
Conversions Jonathan Sexton (33min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
DGs
Commentary
Minute Commentary

81

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80

Ireland break away from 22 to 22 but a Heaslip knock-on signals FULL-TIME! Ireland full value for a dominant win!

79

Jackson sets up the line-out and here comes the driving maul. Murray peels off and Jackson crowns a great move by scoring a good TRY! Tempers flare but there's nothing in it as Jackson CONVERTS his own try.

77

Wales have no choice but to run from their 22 and Ireland work a breakdown penalty.

75

O'Driscoll beats one as Ireland enter the 22. D'Arcy loses the ball in contact but the match is all but sewn up.

74

Sexton smashes into Roberts and both men struggle to get back to their feet, Sexton heading off after a great game.

73

The familiar driving maul gains a good 20 metres before Murray peels away. Wales pounce on a loose ball and clear but Rob Kearney is full of running. Heaslip puts it on the boot but it's easy pickings for Wales in goal.

70

Wales' desperation leads to another penalty and Sexton takes his time to set up the line-out.

67

Wales chip away at the aggressive Ireland defence, some continuity by the Welsh, who look to score but Rhodri Jones is penalised for a double movement at the try-line!

63

Sexton kicks for the corner after the scrum but O'Mahony is penalised for taking out the man in the air at the line-out.

62

Kearney goes high and contests brilliantly, as he's done all game, which forces a knock-on from Halfpenny.

60

Wales look to hit back only to lose the ball in contact and Gatland goes to the bench. The visitors need a momentum changer.

59

Jenkins goes off his feet and Sexton adds three points with another PENALTY as we head into the final quarter!

58

Rob Kearney charges down Halfpenny's kick from the restart but Wales are first to the ball and dot down for a 22 restart.

56

PENALTY! O'Connell goes off after an excellent performance after Welsh captain Warburton - who's been quiet - knocked on. Ireland, though, are blown up at the scrum and Halfpenny finally puts Wales on the board!

53

Wales set up a phase from a rare completed scrum and O'Driscoll is pinged at the breakdown. A nervous and isolated Priestland grubbers and basically gifts Ireland possession following the line-out.

51

Ireland go with the driving maul again and Wales are up for it this time. Murray tries a backhand flick inside to Dave Kearney but it's forward.

49

Wales are bullied and forced to concede a penalty as they sack the driving maul.

48

Wales up the intensity with ball in hand and Roberts makes a half break into the 22. O'Mahony hones in on the ball and wins another key turnover. It's been a masterclass by him!

46

O'Connell is taken out in the air and Ireland opt for the kick at goal. Sexton slots the PENALTY and Ireland now lead by three scores.

43

O'Mahony can't put a foot wrong at the moment as he grubbers and finds touch in the 22. Wales are under pressure and kick down field on the second try for an eager Kearney. O'Driscoll grubbers and it goes off Priestland and into touch.

41

Wales have a mountain to climb as Priestland starts the second half!

40

Wales win a scrum penalty only to concede possession for obstruction. Sexton takes a shot from 55 metres out but it's short and the ball rolls out so that's HALF-TIME! It's all Ireland, who lead 13-0 at the break.

38

Sexton again pins Wales in their 22, his game management has been excellent. Rob Kearney tries to run back a Welsh line kick but knocks on a poor pass by Trimble.

36

The game opens up and Sexton decides to calm things down with a deft kick that finds touch in the 22. Wales get the penalty at the line-out so they escape their half.

33

Henry is driven over for the opening TRY at the back of a driving maul and Sexton adds the CONVERSION!

31

Back inside the Irish 22, Wales butcher the line-out and Murray kicks it away. Ireland come away with the ball after Halfpenny showed great commitment under the high ball. Ireland identify the space at the back and chip through, with Priestland taking it into touch under pressure.

29

Wales are playing from inside their own half - very risky strategy but it comes off on this occasion as Ireland are penalised on the deck.

27

Trimble does exceptionally well to evade several defenders with fancy footwork. He's taken 10 metres short and Ireland are slow to get there so Wales pounce and relieve the pressure.

25

Ireland get the scrum penalty, so we're yet to have a completed scrum as Sexton makes sure he finds touch this time.

24

Priestland wins a kicking duel with a 22 touchfinder. Murray goes blind but Wales aren't caught napping so they go the aerial route. Wales come back at them only to knock-on.

21

Wales have a solid attacking opportunity after Ireland are pinged on the deck. The line-out is good but O'Mahony manages steal No.3 and Murray clears.

19

Wales' woes continue as they lose Scott Williams to injury and new man Liam Williams concedes a penalty. Sexton, though, doesn't find touch so Wales are let off the hook.

17

O'Connell steals the line-out and the pressure mounts. It takes its toll as Wales go off their feet, with Sexton kicking the PENALTY!

14

Ireland march into the 22 with a strong driving maul. Sexton goes for a crosskick for Trimble but just puts too much on it.

13

Wales drive Ireland back with brutal defence. O'Driscoll decides to grubber and his well-weighted kick is run into touch by Halfpenny. Wales take the ball through the hands, O'Driscoll floored by North, and Ireland win a penalty on the deck.

10

Lydiate is blown up again, coming in from the side, which allows Ireland to move out of their half.

9

Faletau accelerates from a Halfpenny counter but runs out of space on the sideline.

7

PENALTY! Ireland go with a driving maul which is well defended by Wales. Lydiate is caught not rolling away so Sexton steps up and draws first blood for Ireland.

4

Wales win a scrum penalty and attack from the line-out. Roberts and then the forwards bash over the gainline. Wales go wide now and get isolated, stern Ireland defence earning a penalty.

1

Halfpenny is tested early and grabs the high ball perfectly. He starts a counter attack but North knocks on.

0

Sexton gets Round Two of the Six Nations underway! It’s wet and windy so it will be trench warfare.

-5

Both teams welcome back their first-choice captains - O’Connell and Warburton - as well as experienced campaigners in D’Arcy and Jenkins. Indeed, the teams are very evenly matched across the park. We are moments away from kick-off.

-10

Wales are a team for the big occasion when it comes to the Six Nations, and are expected to lift their game significantly. However, it remains to be seen whether that will be enough to derail a fired up Ireland in Dublin.

-20

Both teams are coming off first-round wins and will be looking to build on that momentum. Ireland certainly made the better opening statement as they eased past Scotland, while Wales battled against Italy.

-30

Welcome to our build up to what promises to be an epic clash between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
Ireland
Players
15 Rob Kearney
14 Tommy Bowe
13 Rob Henshaw
12 Gordon D'Arcy
11 Simon Zebo
10 Jonathan Sexton
9 Conor Murray
8 Jamie Heaslip
7 Rhys Ruddock
6 Peter O'Mahony
5 Paul O'Connell
4 Devin Toner
3 Mike Ross
2 Rory Best
1 Jack McGrath

Substitutes
23 Felix Jones
22 Ian Madigan
21 Eoin Reddan
20 Tommy O'Donnell
19 Dave Foley
18 Rodney Ah You
17 Dave Kilcoyne
16 Sean Cronin
Wales
Players
15 Leigh Halfpenny
14 Alex Cuthbert
13 Jonathan Davies
12 Jamie Roberts
11 Liam Williams
10 Dan Biggar
9 Rhys Webb
8 Toby Faletau
7 Sam Warburton
6 Dan Lydiate
5 Alun Wyn Jones
4 Jake Ball
3 Samson Lee
2 Scott Baldwin
1 Gethin Jenkins

Substitutes
23 Scott Williams
22 Rhys Priestland
21 Mike Phillips
20 James King
19 Luke Charteris
18 Rhodri Jones
17 Aaron Jarvis
16 Emyr Phillips