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Saturday 16 March 2019, 10:45am EDT

Wales v Ireland

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  • ConversionJack Carty
  • FT
  • TRY!Jordan Larmour
  • Penalty GoalGareth Anscombe
  • Penalty GoalGareth Anscombe
  • Penalty GoalGareth Anscombe
  • Penalty GoalGareth Anscombe
  • HT
  • Penalty GoalGareth Anscombe
  • Penalty GoalGareth Anscombe
  • ConversionGareth Anscombe
  • TRY!Hadleigh Parkes
  • KO


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Player Stats
Defenders beaten
Clean breaks
Turnovers conceded
Turnovers won
Missed tackles
Wales T C P
15 Liam Williams 0 0 0
14 George North 0 0 0
13 Jonathan Davies 0 0 0
12 Hadleigh Parkes 1 0 0
11 Josh Adams 0 0 0
10 Gareth Anscombe 0 1 6
9 Gareth Davies 0 0 0
1 Rob Evans 0 0 0
2 Ken Owens 0 0 0
3 Tomas Francis 0 0 0
4 Adam Beard 0 0 0
5 Alun Wyn Jones 0 0 0
6 Josh Navidi 0 0 0
7 Justin Tipuric 0 0 0
8 Ross Moriarty 0 0 0
16 Elliot Dee 0 0 0
17 Nicky Smith 0 0 0
18 Dillon Lewis 0 0 0
19 Jake Ball 0 0 0
20 Aaron Wainwright 0 0 0
21 Aled Davies 0 0 0
22 Dan Biggar 0 0 0
23 Owen Watkin 0 0 0
Ireland T C P
15 Rob Kearney 0 0 0
14 Keith Earls 0 0 0
13 Garry Ringrose 0 0 0
12 Bundee Aki 0 0 0
11 Jacob Stockdale 0 0 0
10 Johnny Sexton 0 0 0
9 Conor Murray 0 0 0
1 Cian Healy 0 0 0
2 Rory Best 0 0 0
3 Tadhg Furlong 0 0 0
4 Tadhg Beirne 0 0 0
5 James Ryan 0 0 0
6 Peter O'Mahony 0 0 0
7 Sean O'Brien 0 0 0
8 CJ Stander 0 0 0
16 Niall Scannell 0 0 0
17 Dave Kilcoyne 0 0 0
18 Andrew Porter 0 0 0
19 Quinn Roux 0 0 0
20 Jack Conan 0 0 0
21 Kieran Marmion 0 0 0
22 Jack Carty 0 1 0
23 Jordan Larmour 1 0 0


Six Nations

1 Wales 85 23
3 Ireland 81 14
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  • WALES WIN THE GRAND SLAM! Warren Gatland's men claim the Guinness Six Nations crown in 2019 with a clean sweep of their opponents. They finished it off with argubaly the best performance of the competition. An early score from Hadleigh Parkes set the tone before the boot of Gareth Anscombe took over, scoring 20 of Wales' 25 points this afternoon. It was a game to forget for Ireland, who were outplayed from start to finish despite a late try from Jordan Larmour. 
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Wales 25-7 Ireland. Carty sends over the consolation kick for the visitors. At least they were able to get on the board.
  • Try
    TRY! Wales 25-5 Ireland. Wales cannot complete the shutout. Larmour gets over the line, collecting Carty's offload in front of the posts and he puts on a move on a defender before sliding over for the score.
  • A grubber kick from Carty finds Stockdale and he drives to within one metre of the line before being pulled down. Can Ireland get on the board?
  • Ireland get a penalty and they will boot the ball into touch. There's one final chance for an Ireland drive.
  • Wales will take their time here to see out a brilliant performance.
  • The pursuit comes from the home side and they are able to hold up the Irish surge at midfield to earn a scrum.
  • A loose offload comes from Ringrose and the Irish attack comes to an end.
  • Ireland have another penalty as the referee speaks to Jones about another offside decision. It's a final warning for the home side.
  • Conan hammers his way at the red shirts on the line, but Wales hold firm. They will want to keep the shutout here.
  • Another offside decision goes against Wales. Carty will send the ball into touch with a kick.
  • Sexton's afternoon comes to an end as he makes way for Carty.
  • Ireland get the penalty and they opt for the quick kick into touch. It has been a poor day for the visitors all over the field.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY! Wales 25-0 Ireland. Anscombe continues his brilliant outing with another kick through the posts. The party has started inside the Principality Stadium.
  • Wales are awarded yet another penalty as Porter goes into the breakdown off his feet. Anscombe is lining up his kick from 30 metres out.
  • Adams gathers a loose ball and surges through the Irish line. He goes for a grubber kick, but Lamour gathers and offloads to Earls, who is well placed to gather and boot into touch.
  • The referee takes his time to get the scrum set. Ireland are able to clear their lines by winning a penalty with a big drive with the pack to ease the danger for now.
  • Lamour is on for Kearney for the visitors, while Porter replaces Furlong in the front row.
  • Owens makes way for Dee for the home side.
  • Ireland are loose with their offloads in the rain and the loose ball almost falls to Jonathan Davies on the charge. However, Earls runs back over his own tryline and is forced down under pressure. It will be a five-metre scrum to the hosts.
  • Aled Davies clears his lines for the home side with a kick into touch, putting Wales in good position.
  • Ireland are forced backwards from their driving maul before Murray works the ball to Stockdale. He gets stopped in his tracks before Wales flood the breakdown with bodies to get the turnover.
  • Tipuric loses the ball from the resulting lineout and Murray pounces within metres of the line. However, he cannot force himself over before it gets bundled out of touch. Ireland still have the lineout five metres out.
  • Sexton has had one of those days. He continues one of the worst performances of his career by offloading straight into touch five metres from the line. It has not been Ireland's day.
  • Smith and Lewis are on for the home side to replace Evans and Francis.
  • Ireland get a penalty decision and Murray kicks the ball deep into touch. Can the visitors get on the board?
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY! Wales 22-0 Ireland. Anscombe takes Wales one step closer to the Grand Slam, dispatching another kick through the posts. He has been flawless this afternoon.
  • The visitors are penalised at the breakdown as Stander is caught not rolling away. Schmidt will be fuming with his team's discipline this afternoon. 
  • O'Brien makes way for Conan for the visitors.
  • Murray sums up Ireland's afternoon by slicing his clearing kick into touch. Wales have another lineout in a promising position.
  • Jonathan Davies goes on the surge through a gap in the line of green shirts, but Ireland turn the ball over and come back at the hosts.
  • Sexton's restart travels over the tryline and out of play. Therefore Wales will have a scrum at midfield. Sexton has made a lot of mistakes this afternoon.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY! Wales 19-0 Ireland. Anscombe puts the ball through the posts just sending the ball inside the right stick. Wales are in command now.
  • Yet another penalty is conceded by the Irish as Healy is penalised for a shove at the breakdown on Evans. Anscombe will go for the posts.
  • The slippery turf sees a knock-on from the hosts. It gives Ireland a chance to clear their lines and they are able to get the ball away from danger.
  • Ireland get the ball out before Aki runs into trouble at halfway. Sexton looks for the kick over the top, but he sends the ball out on the full.
  • Moriarty knocks the ball on under pressure. Ireland get the scrum in the same position after Murray's kick forward on advantage was gathered by Anscombe.
  • Jones his experience to hold up a maul from the visitors. Wales get the scrum at midfield.
  • We're back underway in final 40 minutes for both teams in the 2019 Guinness Six Nations.
  • Joe Schmidt's men have lacked discipline in the first half, conceding eight penalties, and they have paid the price. They will have issues with the consistency of the officiating, which has been slightly in favour of the home side, although the Irish have not done a lot to help their cause. Ireland need to remain composed to have a shot of getting back into the contest.
  • Wales are in complete control of the game and are on their way to the Grand Slam and the Guinness Six Nations crown. Hadleigh Parkes gave them the perfect start to the game when he collected Gareth Anscombe's kick over the top and touched down under the posts. Ireland were never able to get into a rhythm and three penalties from Anscombe have taken the game away from the visitors.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY! Wales 16-0 Ireland. Anscombe makes no mistake with his kick, firing the ball between the posts.
  • Biggar sends a ball over the top and Sexton gathers on the slide to call the mark, but Ireland are penalised at the scrum. Anscombe will have one more kick at the posts before the break.
  • Wales have a scrum and can really turn the screw here before the break. 
  • Biggar charges forward from Anscombe's up and under. He concedes the lineout in the process, but he made a brilliant catch ahead of Stockdale.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY! Wales 13-0 Ireland. Anscombe lines up his kick from 35 metres out and he sends his effort through the posts with ease.
  • Ireland are offside again from a Wales attack, with Beirne being the guilty party. Anscombe will have the opportunity to go for the posts.
  • It has not been a discilpined performance from either team as Navidi flies into the breakdown off his feet. Ireland have a chance to clear the danger from their 22.
  • Wales get the penalty at the resulting scrum and Anscombe kicks the ball into touch. A score here would put the home side in complete control.
  • Murray knocks the ball on at the back of the lineout, easing further pressure on the home side. It has not been a good first-half performance from the visitors.
  • After a break from Anscombe, Jonathan Davies has to take on the kick into touch. He does with his left boot and gets the ball near to the half-way line.
  • Just when Ireland have manoeuvred themselves into a promising position, but a knock-on from Best halts their attack. It will allow Wales an opportunity to clear from the resulting scrum.
  • In the limited action at the scrum, Ireland have performed well. They are able to regain possession to exert pressure back on the home side. Wales are having to defend their 10-point advantage on the edge of their tryline.
  • Wales stymie the momentum from the maul and force it to ground. The home side get the put-in at the scrum.
  • Best sends the ball into the line and Ryan makes the catch. Ireland are on the move with their forwards.
  • Ireland get a penalty on this occasion for an infringement at the breakdown. Sexton kicks deep into touch to put Ireland five metres from the tryline.
  • Sexton boots the ball back downfield. Ireland need to get a score on the board to try to swing the momentum in their favour.
  • A melee after the fact after Aki was tackled by Gareth Davies has turned the penalty in the favour of the visitors. 
  • Gareth Davies fakes the offload from the ruck and draws two Ireland players offside. It's another penalty to the home side.
  • Ireland come in at the side of the ruck, handing another penalty. The visitors might not like the decisions, but the referee has been consistent.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY! Wales 10-0 Ireland. Anscombe has a tricky kick from the right flank from distance. However, he has no difficulty sending his effort through the posts.
  • Sexton is the latest Ireland player to draw the ire of the referee. Stockdale takes an up and under and gets tackled immediately. Sexton is penalised at the breakdown, handing the hosts a shot at the posts.
  • Ireland's discipline has not been the best thus far. Best throws the ball into the line, but the visitors are penalised once again at a set-piece.
  • Wales pound away at the line, but the visitors hold firm. Beirne makes a vital play at the breakdown to scrap on the floor to steal possession back for his team.
  • Wales make good progress after the penalty as Anscombe kicked the ball deep into touch. They gather the lineout and put pressure on the Irish defence five metres out.
  • Potentially bad news for Wales as Jones is down on the deck. The skipper fell to the ground in maul and has received treatment on the pitch.
  • Wales take the pace out of the game and manage to win the penalty, using the aggression of the Ireland pack against them. Ryan comes in at the side. 
  • Biggar is on for North for the home side, who may have hurt his wrist.
  • Sexton releases Stockdale with a perfect kick down the sideline catching out the Wales defence. He fends off Adams and runs down the flank, only to be stopped by a brilliant covering tackle by Parkes. The centre has scored one try and stopped another. A great start to the game for Parkes.
  • Wales turn the ball over and march quickly downfield. However, a penalty is conceded by the home side for a foul on Earls on the sideline.
  • Ireland get the turnover at the scrum and pressure from Murray sees the ball travel out wide to Stockdale. However, once again Ireland cannot capitalise on good territory.
  • Ireland respond with a spell of pressure, but after 10 phases the attack comes to an end due to a knock-on from Healy. The visitors cannot afford to make those kinds of mistakes.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Wales 7-0 Ireland. Anscombe lines up the conversion. It's not a difficult one given the proximity of Parkes to the posts when he scored. The Wales fly-half dispatches his effort through the sticks to add the additional two points.
  • Try
    TRY! Wales 5-0 Ireland. Parkes touches down to give Wales the perfect start to the game. After Owens' break, Anscombe kicks over the top for the run of Parkes. He gets a step on the Ireland defender to catch over the line before falling to the ground to confirm the score.
  • Wales win the lineout and Owens makes a surge through the line to open up the Ireland defence.
  • Anscombe kicks the ball deep to the sideline and the pressure from the Wales' chase earns an early lineout for the home side.
  • We're underway in this Guinness Six Nations clash.
  • Beirne comes into the fold for Ireland to replace the injured Iain Henderson in the second row. Kearney returns at full-back after missing out in the victory over France, while O'Brien comes back into the team at flanker as Josh van der Flier makes way.
  • Wales are unchanged from the team that beat Scotland last time out. Liam Williams managed to recover from a shoulder injury that forced him off in the contest last week to start at full-back. Gareth Davies and Anscombe remain at scrum-half and fly-half respectively.
  • Replacements: Niall Scannell, David Kilcoyne, Andrew Porter, Quinn Roux, Jack Conan, Kieran Marmion, Jack Carty, Jordan Lamour.
  • IRELAND: Rob Kearney, Keith Earls, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Jonny Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong, Tadhg Beirne, James Ryan, Peter O'Mahony, Sean O'Brien; CJ Stander.
  • Replacements: Elliot Dee, Nicky Smith, Dillon Lewis, Jake Ball, Aaron Wainwright, Aled Davies, Dan Biggar, Owen Watkin.
  • WALES: Liam Williams, George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams, Gareth Anscombe, Gareth Davies; Rob Evans, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric, Ross Moriarty.
  • And of course, Eddie Jones – despite his claims to the contrary – is sure to have an eye on proceedings in Cardiff. If Wales fail to win then his England side can swoop in to take Guinness Six Nations glory at the last.
  • However, Ireland still harbour outside title hopes of their own. A win for the boys in green will put them top of the table and hoping that Scotland can earn Calcutta Cup bragging rights over England for the second year running.
  • It promises to be a blockbuster 'Super Saturday' for Wales, who are within touching distance of the Guinness Six Nations trophy and a famous Grand Slam in Warren Gatland's final campaign. Victory here will assure them of both, which would extend their winning to 14 Test matches.
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