Ireland hammer Wales in Six Nations opener

Clinical Ireland have cruised to a 34-10 bonus-point victory over Wales to spoil coach Warren Gatland's welcome home party in the Six Nations opener at Cardiff's Principality Stadium.Ireland bulldozed the Welsh, amassing three tries in the first 20 minutes on Saturday, as they dominated the collisions and set-piece, allowing No.8 Caelan Doris, lock James Ryan and wing James Lowe to cross for scores. Flanker Josh van der Flier got the fourth try late on as the world's No.1-ranked side lived up to their billing.Wales, who lost nine of their 12 Tests in 2022, improved in the second half and managed their lone try through fullback Liam Williams, but were largely kept at bay by the efficiency of the Irish defence and have much work to do in all facets of play.Ireland host France in their second match on February 11 in a clash between the top two teams in the world rankings, while Wales travel to Scotland hoping more time on the training field with the recently restored Gatland will help them find more cohesion."We came out and started really well which was important having not won here for 10 years," Ireland fullback Hugo Keenan told the BBC."We probably slipped off a bit in the second half so there's still plenty to work on, but we're delighted to get a bonus point and start the Six Nations with a win.'Under the closed roof, the visitors' early dominance was rewarded with two tries inside nine minutes that were almost identical in their execution. They battered the Wales try line with forward runners and Doris barged over from close range for the first before Ryan added another.The home side had rare forays to the Ireland 22 in the first half and from one of those they conceded the third try. Lowe intercepted a Dan Biggar pass and sprinted clear to score unopposed as the visitors built a huge 27-3 lead by halftime.Williams crossed early in the second period with a well-worked backline move from a lineout but was later sent to the sin-bin after his shoulder struck the head of Ireland flyhalf Johnny Sexton in a tackle.Wales had plenty of ball in the second half as they kicked it away less, but Ireland's organisation on defence kept them at bay and the bonus point was secured when van der Flier crossed in the final 10 minutes."We lacked a lot of discipline and accuracy in the first half and put ourselves under pressure," Wales captain Ken Owens said."We left a couple of scores out there which could have tightened up the game. But I think we showed character in the second half. We were up against the best team in the world and they punished our errors."Click Here: new arrivals backpacks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *