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The Enraged Twitter Reaction To Ireland’s Error-Riddled Defeat To Wales

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 10: George North of Wales crashes through the Ireland defence to score the opening try during the Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Principality Stadium on March 10, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ireland will have to rely on an unlikely favour from Scotland to have any chance of wrestling the Six Nations Championship off England following a 22-9 defeat to Wales on Friday evening.

The visitors drew first blood through a Johnny Sexton penalty and could haveย been further ahead after a barnstorming run from CJ Stander was stopped just short of the line only for his side to waste the resulting platform. George North put Rob Howley’s charges in front soon after, finishing off a good move with a powerful drive for the corner.

George North put Rob Howley’s charges in front soon after, finishing off a good move with a powerful drive for the corner.

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Paddy Jackson, temporarily on in the opening half as Sexton was assessed following a nasty-looking knee to the head, put Schmidt’s men in the lead once more as he slotted over a penalty shortly before the half-hour mark.

On the brink of half-time, the hosts almost crossed again but the recovered Sexton managed to get across to make a massive tackle out wide. He was somewhat controversially adjudged by referee Wayne Barnes of not rolling away and was sent to the bin.

Leigh Halfpenny then notched three points in front of the posts to see his side go into the break 8-6 ahead.

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Wales added further to their lead just after the break as North dotted down again, walking in following good work from the forwards.

Sexton closed the gap to 6 soon after his return but, despite immense pressure on the Welsh line, the boys in green couldn’t find the necessary score. The most basic of errors, both in open play and at set-pieces, cost the away side dear.

The losing bonus point was lost in the dying minutes as Jamie Roberts blocked down Sexton’s kick and bundled over the line.

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Ireland host England at the Aviva next weekend in the final round of games in what is now only set up as a chance for the home side to prevent a grand slam for Eddie Jones’ side. ย Alun-Wyn Jones, meanwhile, will lead his side to Paris to take on France.

Rory Murphy, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.