Ireland lead Wales 15-13 at half-time in the Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium, and despite some spurned opportunities, one huge positive for Joe Schmidt and Ireland thus far has been the showing of Chris Farrell. The giant Munster centre was brought into the side following injury to Robbie Henshaw, and justified his inclusion straight from the off.
The former Ulster and Grenoble star made a statement hit on Leigh Halfpenny in the opening exchanges, before going up to claim a Johnny Sexton restart cleanly.
Pretty much everyone was impressed with his showing.
Flattening Halfpenny ✅
Catching a restart ✅
Making linebreak which leads to try ✅
Pretty good first six minutes for Chris Farrell on his Six Nations debut 👏🏽☘️
— Jamie Weir (@jamiecweir) February 24, 2018
Can imagine Schmidt pulling his hair out at that penalty so early on.
Superb kick chase and huge hit on Halfpenny by Chris Farrell.
— Murray Kinsella (@Murray_Kinsella) February 24, 2018
Brilliant start by Chris Farrell. Welcome to the Six Nations.
— Cian Tracey (@CianTracey1) February 24, 2018
Fantastic stuff from Sexton and Chris Farrell #IREvWAL
— Three Red Kings (@threeredkings) February 24, 2018
Chris Farrell has made a brilliant start to this game. Huge tackle , huge catch and a possession leading to try #IREvWAL
— Michael Devlin (@MichaelDevlin11) February 24, 2018
— Eimz T (@EimzT) February 24, 2018
chris farrell a horse and cart of a man 💯 #IREvWAL
— Cian Mulcahy (@Cianersmike) February 24, 2018
Chris Farrell 🔥🔥🔥
— Lorcan O' Hanlon (@lorcanjoh) February 24, 2018
Chris Farrell is a having an absolute stormer of a game! 🔥
— RugbyLAD (@RugbyLAD7) February 24, 2018
Chris Farrell had the weetabix this morning #ireVwal
— Cathal Galvin (@c_galvin64) February 24, 2018
Chris Farrell is having a stormer. Bundee Aki not so much
— Rúaidhrí O'Connor (@RuaidhriOC) February 24, 2018
Ireland will be hoping that he continues these performance levels in the second half.