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Sunday 22 October 2017

Ireland left red- faced in Wales

Ireland had heir Six Nations championship ambitions dashed by a far superior Wales at Colwyn Park last night,

Ireland were unrecognisable from their three previous outings, poor kicking, poor handling, poor scrum and poor lineout all cost them any momentum.

They were lucky to be all-square at 6-all after 34 mins as full-back Billy Dardis put his shoulder into Joshua Adams and hooker Zac McCall poached the same pocket to survive greater harm.

The Welsh struck for 10 late points from centre Owen Watkin's magnificent try and fly-half Jarrod Evans conversion on the half-time whistle.

The Irish had to show intensity and ingenuity to bring about a change of circumstances.

The visitors came out to kick the ball away and crack again at the scrum for Evans to add three more, before Ross Byrne's (inset) penalties in the 55th and 60th minutes took them to within seven.

The Irish just didn't deserve to be any closer in a passionless display.

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