Women's Six Nations: Ireland 35-12 Wales

Allan Goodman
February 26, 2018

Halfpenny added the extras and was on target with a penalty as Wales' kicking game worked a treat, but Sexton got off the mark from close range and converted to edge his side in front at 15-13 after Aki reached out to dot down when the Ireland forwards applied vast pressure.

Key Moment: Ireland once again in this Six Nations needed to go past 80 minutes to secure victory and this time, three weeks after Johnny Sexton's drop-goal against France, it took a Jacob Stockdale intercept of Gareth Anscombe's do or die pass as the Welsh pushed for a late equaliser or better to seal all five points.

Those try-scoring positives are certainly encouraging for Ireland but to have given up seven tries already in this championship will not be acceptable to captain Rory Best and his players. Ireland will scratch their heads over how they did not manage more.

The Irish were camped in Wales' half and the visitors couldn't find a way out.

After Sexton's penalty rebounded off the post Ireland found themselves on the Wales line. The scrum-half broke and stepped through the wandering Irish defence to score with Biggar adding the easy conversion after 21 minutes. There was no mistake from Sexton this time as he brought the score to 8-13.

Less than a minute later and the home team had a penalty attempt of their own, but Sexton missed.

"The more games we're getting, the more experience we get, especially getting my first start here".

Sexton's conversion gave Ireland a deserved lead at the break, but only by 15-13.

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Russell and Scotland were on the money from the word go . "Going over there, whatever we did today we'll have to up that performance".

He told a news conference: "In the first half, we were unlucky with a couple of things but against Ireland we spoke about discipline and not allowing them opportunities to get penalties, kick to touch, drive and to squeeze you".

Orr was interviewed by Sinead Kissane of TV3 in the build-up to today's clash between the sides at the Aviva Stadium and assured Kissane and TV viewers that the issue was raised when the IRFU met the visiting Welsh delegation on Friday night.

Having led 14-0 at half-time thanks to tries from Leah Lyons and Claire Molloy, the hosts came under ferocious pressure early in the second half as Amy Evans and Sioned Harries both touched down for the Welsh, and Ireland's tigerish loosehead Lindsay Peat saw yellow for a high tackle.

The same could not be said for Johnny Sexton, as he smacked a simple kick against the uprights after Rob Evans was penalised for going over the top at a ruck.

The second half seen Ireland fly out of the blocks as Leavy and Healy added to further tries to give the boys in green a well deserved bonus point.

The ball was recycled leaving Steven Shingler as the spare man on the wing and he made no mistake diving over for the try. Wales had conceded six penalties to just three from Ireland, also making a staggering 71 more tackles than their opponents. At 27-20 Warren Gatland's team had a lifeline.

Until then there's sure to be plenty of drama, and Eddie's sure to make it sound all the more dramatic, it's just his wonderful way.

But there was huge relief for the vast majority of a partisan crowd when the rapid Stockdale plucked a stray pass to race away and go under the posts, Joey Carbery converting right at the end of a breathless encounter.

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