Wales 22 - 30 Ireland

Match info: Six Nations at Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Date: 02/02/2013 KO: 13:30 Att: 71,254

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


TriesCuthbert (48) Halfpenny (59) Mitchell  (76)ConversionsHalfpenny (48, 76)PenaltiesHalfpenny (34)



TriesZebo (11) Healy (24) O'Driscoll (42)ConversionsSexton (12, 25, 43)PenaltiesSexton (21, 28, 40)

FT (ht: 3-23)

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  • WALES 22 - IRELAND 30

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  • That's it! What a breathtaking second half. Ireland will be mighty relieved. Thanks for joining us. Cheers!

  • Ireland do well to keep play in Welsh territory...the fairytale comeback will not be. Goodbye to the Grand Slam for Wales.

  • CONVERSION, HALFPENNY. 22-30. The gap is eight points with three minutes left, surely they can't save this one.

  • TRY, WALES, MITCHELL. 20-30. Wales maul it close from the line-out. A few phases later, replacement prop Craig Mitchell bashes over! What a comeback...but it still seems too little too late.

  • Knock on Wales! Oh, they've ruined another golden chance. Heaslip picks and goes from the base of the 5m scrum. O'Driscoll at scrum-half (!!) clears.

  • It's all Wales...still. They are camped on the Irish line. They butcher another chance and Davies doesn't send it wide to Faletau, who was waiting in acres of space.

  • YELLOW CARD, IRELAND, MURRAY. Ireland loose another man and it could be a try too! Did Faletau get the ball onto the post pad? No...

  • Best returns just in time for a scrum on the Irish 22. Penalty! Against Healy. Wales turn down the easy three points and Biggar kicks into the corner.

  • Sean O'Brien coughs up a penalty and Biggar kicks into the corner. The line-out is stolen but Wales counter attack from Sexton's clearance. There is sheer panic in the Irish ranks!

  • Wales continue to kick long on Gilroy from their own half and then run it back hard when the wing is forced to kick. Ireland have hardly touched the ball in the last 20 minutes.

  • That man BOD comes to the rescue again, winning the penalty in his own 22, forcing Davies to hand on. Ireland look to slow the game down with a maul after the line-out. They need to wrestle control back here.

  • Wales are cutting loose here, trying to cash in on the extra man. Gilroy is being targeted. As wave after wave of red jersey's keep coming!

  • Halfpenny fails to convert his try from the touchline - that's crucial. Wales are still three scores behind entering the final quarter.

  • TRY, WALES, HALFPENNY. 15-30. There it is! Wales finally find the man out wide and Halfpenny sneaks into the corner. The TMO gives his rubber the comeback on here? Surely not!

  • YELLOW CARD, IRELAND, BEST. The Irish hooker gets sent to the bin for using his hands on the deck.

  • Wales have butchered two clear chances already but they still have it 5m short of the Irish line. Twice they've had space out wide and either threw poor passes or took the wrong option.

  • Wales have not left the Irish half since Cuthbert's try. Mike Phillips and Romain Poite have an argument after the scrum-half takes a penalty quickly from the wrong mark. Biggar can set up the attacking line-out however.

  • It's becoming a bit helter-skelter now. Gilroy kicks out on the full. It's amazing how quickly the momentum can change. But is it too late for Wales?

  • Wales have got their tails up here. Suddenly the momentum has changed. BOD gets a hand onto Phillip's arm to disrupt his pass with Wales looking dangerous again. The game is opening up.


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