Ireland versus Wales – The Game in Tweets
The second weekend of the RBS 6 Nations saw current champions Wales lose to Ireland, and Betting Instinct writer Paul Stollery was following the match on Twitter. Here’s how it went.
Gatland was doing the usual round of pre-match interviews. ‘Cheeky’ smile as ever.
However it’s fair to say that certain Welsh fans weren’t hugely optimistic in the build up.
But still, when you’ve got 50 cap wonder-boy Leigh Halfpenny on your side, what can go wrong? Go on, look at those cherub cheeks. Tell me everything isn’t going to be OK.
However it was a tough start for Wales. Jonathan Sexton opened the scoring, with a penalty after a jinking run from Dave Kearney. Sexton then went on to double Ireland’s lead with a penalty after Hibbard was penalised for not rolling away.
Things went from bad to worse for the visitors as Chris Henry went over to put Ireland even further ahead.
Ireland went in at half-time with a 13-0 lead.
There was little for the Welsh fans to cheer about, but for Jonathan Davies’ ability to rock a tweed jacket.
Ireland continued to dominate the game. It was a much closer competition in the beard-off however. Ball edged a close fought contest against D’arcy. Say what you like about Welsh rugby, their bearding is second to none.
I have to admit, we might have got a little off track in the second half.
Just a bit.
Well, ok, a lot. Anything to lessen the blow for Welsh fans.
It took nearly an hour for Wales to get their first points on the board, with a penalty from Leigh Halfpenny. It was too little, too late however, as Ireland continued to pile on the points.
The Irish tied up the game with another try, this time from Paddy Jackson. 26-3 was the final score.
It was a big blow for Wales. Whereas many will be quick to point out that the Welsh lost to Ireland last year, it was the manner of the defeat which was the biggest cause for concern. It was a crushing blow with little to take away from it. Perhaps most worrying of all, was this stat courtesy of Opta Jonny, which we’ll leave you with.
PAUL STOLLERY (paulstollery) is a Cardiff City fan and Ron Swanson enthusiast. He writes about football and rugby for Betting Instinct