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Ireland Equalled An All-Time Record Following Their Victory Against Wales

Ireland’s 37-27 victory against Wales means that their Grand Slam hopes are still well on track with two games remaining.

Joe Schmidt’s side ran in five tries against the Welsh to continue their impressive form as of late. There was added meaning to Saturday’s victory as the win means that they have now equalled a long-standing record for a number of consecutive wins.

Ireland’s last defeat came on March 10, 2017, when they went down 22-9 to Wales in Cardiff.

Since then, Joe Schmidt’s side have gone on a remarkable run of consecutive victories.

The run started with a crucial victory against England in Dublin, which ended their opponent’s Grand Slam hopes at the time, before a comprehensive win over the USA and back-to-back successes against Japan.

They then thumped South Africa 38-3 in the first of the November Test series, before narrowly seeing off Fiji and Argentina, and picking up three wins out of three so far in this year’s Six Nations campaign.

Such a run has not been matched since Eddie O’Sullivan guided Ireland to similar success in 2002 and 2003, and victory against Scotland in the Aviva next weekend would mean that Ireland would achieve their longest run of consecutive Test victories in their history.

The stat is a testament to the incredible rugby that Schmidt’s side have produced on regular occasions as of late.

They have become one of the toughest sides in the world to defeat, and with the business end of the NatWest 6 Nations to come in the next three weeks as well as a World Cup year in the horizon in 2019, their run has come at just the right time.

Should this run continue, Ireland will win their first Grand Slam since 2009. On current form, their chances are as good as ever before.

Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena

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Author: Jordan Norris

Mostly covering football and GAA - Jordan is currently studying a BA English in UCC, and can be contacted through [email protected] .