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Six Nations - round two

  • Ireland: R. Kearney, Trimble, O'Driscoll, D'Arcy, D. Kearney, Sexton, Murray, Healy, Best, Ross, Toner, O'Connell, O'Mahony, Henry, Heaslip.
    Replacements: Cronin, McGrath, Moore, Tuohy, O'Donnell, Boss, Jackson, McFadden.

    Wales: Halfpenny, Cuthbert, S. Williams, Roberts, North, Priestland, M. Phillips, Jenkins, Hibbard, A. Jones, Coombs, A. Jones, Lydiate, Warburton, Faletau.
    Replacements: Owens, James, R. Jones, Ball, Tipuric, Webb, Hook, L. Williams.

    Referee: Wayne Barnes (RFU)
    2/8/2014 2:21:21 PM
  • Electric atmosphere in the Aviva Stadium as Johnny Sexton kicks towards the Welsh pack to get the game underway.
    2/8/2014 2:31:00 PM
  • 1 min: High ball from Sexton well caught by Halfpenny, but his offload is dropped by Roberts. North was waiting in the wings, could have been another flying start for Wales. Scrum to Ireland. 
    2/8/2014 2:32:56 PM
  • [penalty-rugby]2 mins: Wayne Barnes gives the decision against Ireland for not binding at the scrum and Halfpenny kicks for touch. 
    2/8/2014 2:34:33 PM
  • [penalty-rugby]4 mins: Wales win the line-out and race towards the Ireland 22 but they are soon penalised for not releasing in the ruck. Good kick from Sexton gives Ireland the line-out on the Welsh 22. 
    2/8/2014 2:36:54 PM
  • [goal-rugby-league] IRELAND 3-0 WALES
    There is no advantage for Ireland after Wales were caught offside at the breakdown. Sexton slots his first kick of the afternoon straight through and Ireland take the lead. 
    2/8/2014 2:39:13 PM
  • 9 mins: Sexton's kick from the restart is picked up by Halfpenny, who raced into Irish territory before finding Faletau on the left. The Wales No 8 charged through the crowd before being forced into touch, taking a cameraman into the advertising boards with him.  
    2/8/2014 2:41:51 PM
  • 29 mins: Wales have the numbers going forward but Faletau opts to take the contact and there is a turnover for Ireland. 
    2/8/2014 3:01:41 PM
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    2/8/2014 3:02:14 PM
  • [penalty-rugby]Heaslip concedes the penalty for not releasing. Priestland puts a precision kick inside the Irish 22 from a tight angle. 
    2/8/2014 3:03:26 PM
  • 30 mins: Irish pack dominating the line-outs. Toner didn't even have to jump to steal Hibbard's throw this time. 
    2/8/2014 3:03:56 PM
  • 31 mins: Beautiful kick through from Sexton and Heaslip is bearing down on Priestland, who steps into touch and Ireland get the line-out on 10 metres. 
    2/8/2014 3:05:56 PM
  • [rugby-union]IRELAND 11-0 WALES
    Toner takes the catch down quickly and the powerful Irish driving maul forces over the line for the first try of the match. It's accredited to Chris Henry. 
    2/8/2014 3:07:15 PM
  • [goal-rugby-league]IRELAND 13-0 WALES
    With the wind swirling it looked like a testing kick for Sexton, but the Racing Metro fly-half makes no mistakes in adding the extras. Healthy lead for Ireland with 35 minutes played. 
    2/8/2014 3:08:19 PM
  • 36 mins: Another Welsh mistake opens the door for Ireland, who seize the opportunity and recycle possession before Sexton places another expert kick inside the 22. 
    2/8/2014 3:09:22 PM
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    2/8/2014 3:10:14 PM
  • 37 mins: Toner does well at the tail of the Irish line-out once again and Sexton pumps the ball forward. Solid set-piece work from the hosts, controlled by Sexton, another line-out deep into Welsh territory. 
    2/8/2014 3:11:10 PM
  • 39 mins: Wales take their own line-out and Ireland knock-on on the halfway line. Scrum called but we are yet to see a completed one. Wales try to drive forward with Phillips.
    2/8/2014 3:13:05 PM
  • 40 mins: Wales continue to lack discipline and concede a penalty inside the Ireland half but Sexton opts to kick for goal. More an exercise to run down the clock you expect, as his kick falls well short of the posts. 
    2/8/2014 3:14:20 PM
  • [half-time]IRELAND 13-0 WALES 
    Not the most attractive 40 minutes of rugby but Ireland definitely had the better of it. Ireland clearly looking to work from one set-piece to another, while Wales are yet to get a break in free-play. 
    2/8/2014 3:16:02 PM
  • 44 mins: Ireland win the line-out but Wales wrestle them to ground to avoid another driving maul. There is a penalty advantage for Ireland after a man was taken out at the ruck. No advantage for the hosts, penalty to Ireland and a chance to take a 16 point lead. 
    2/8/2014 3:31:30 PM
  • [goal-rugby-league]IRELAND 16-0 WALES
    Four from five for Sexton as he bisects the uprights and the pressure on Wales heightens. 
    2/8/2014 3:32:39 PM
  • 47 mins: Wales starting to find the necessary impetus as Roberts breaks through O'Driscoll's tackle and Wales recycle the ball on the Ireland 10 metre line. 
    2/8/2014 3:33:47 PM
  • 48 mins: Ireland remain resilient, they hold Wales up on five metres and their persistence pays off as O'Mahony drives over and forces a penalty in Ireland's favour. First time Wales have worked through the phases and posed any threat. 
    2/8/2014 3:35:41 PM
  • 50 mins: Another penalty to Ireland. Warren Gatland will have plenty to say about this indiscipline. Sexton kicks just outside the Welsh 22 and Ireland take the line-out to establish another driving maul.  
    2/8/2014 3:37:19 PM
  • 52 mins: Finally, we have a completed scrum. Won by Wales from their own put-in and Ireland and soon penalised for not releasing. Priestland kicks for touch around the Irish 22. 
    2/8/2014 3:39:22 PM
  • 53 mins: Wales had the numbers on the right but O'Driscoll breaks down the play well by make a fine tackle on Cuthbert. 
    2/8/2014 3:40:27 PM
  • 54 mins: Wales make it inside the Irish 22 before Warburton knocks on and gifts another penalty to Ireland. That's a seventh handling error from Wales this afternoon. 
    2/8/2014 3:41:51 PM
  • [substitution]Paul O'Connell, who returned from a chest infection today, is replaced by Dan Tuohy and Martin Moore is introduced in place of Mike Ross in the Irish front row. 
    2/8/2014 3:43:23 PM
  • [goal-rugby-league]IRELAND 16-3 WALES
    Halfpenny makes no mistakes with his first kick of the afternoon after Ireland were penalised at the scrum. Wales finally on the board. 
    2/8/2014 3:44:56 PM
  • Wales' lineout was a cause for concern in the first half in Dublin

    2/8/2014 3:45:06 PM
  • 57 mins: Halfpenny's kick inside the Welsh 22 is charged down by Kearney but it doesn't fall favourably for the hosts. Wayne Barnes brings it back for a 22-metre drop-out. 
    2/8/2014 3:46:18 PM
  • [penalty-rugby]59 mins: Sexton sends the ball high once again and Wales concede the penalty. Jenkins with hands in the ruck and Ireland could regain their 16-point advantage.
    2/8/2014 3:47:48 PM
  • [goal-rugby-league]IRELAND 19-3 WALES
    Sexton on target again with another precision kick in testing conditions. Ireland reasserting their authority on the tie. 
    2/8/2014 3:48:53 PM
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    2/8/2014 3:49:02 PM
  • [substitution]Changes all round as Joe Schmidt brings Fergus McFadden on for Andrew Trimble, while Warren Gatland freshens up the Welsh  front row. Rhodri Williams and Ken Owens on to replace Richard Hibbard and Adam Jones. 
    2/8/2014 3:51:56 PM
  • Johnny Sexton has stuck the boot into Wales this afternoon...

    2/8/2014 3:52:27 PM
  • 63 mins: Heaslip picks up and carries off the back of the Ireland scrum before Sexton kicks deep into Welsh territory. Wales awarded the throw-in at the line-out, it looked like Halfpenny got a touch but the referee says the ball had already gone out of play. 
    2/8/2014 3:54:13 PM
  • 64 mins: Wales win a penalty from the line-out and O'Mahony has words with Wayne Barnes, who warns the Irish flanker about his conduct. Thin ice. 
    2/8/2014 3:55:04 PM
  • [substitution]Disruption for the Irish pack as Dan Tuohy seems to have picked up an injury, he is replaced by Tommy O'Donnell. 
    2/8/2014 3:55:52 PM
  • 66 mins: Wales pressing forward well Williams breaks down the right wing before encountering traffic. Wales work back across the field and win a free-kick, which Phillips opts to take quickly. 
    2/8/2014 3:57:18 PM
  • 67 mins: Penalty advantage given to Wales and Phillips takes it quickly. Ireland on the back foot and Wales drive over the line but Barnes is quick to deny the try. The ball was held and crawled over the line. That will feel as much like conceding a try for Wales. 
    2/8/2014 3:59:10 PM
  • [substitution]Another change in the Ireland front row as Jack McGrath comes on to replace Cian Healy. 
    2/8/2014 3:59:38 PM
  • 70 mins: Wales win the scrum with their own put-in but Henry is all over Faletau and the Irish pressure pays off once again. 
    2/8/2014 4:01:43 PM
  • 71 mins: Sexton kicks for touch just outside the Welsh 22 but as he kicked the fly-half went down to feel his hamstring. He appears able to continue for now. 
    2/8/2014 4:02:51 PM
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