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Date Time Competition Season
5 February 2022 2:15 pm Six Nations 2021/22

Match Report

Ireland blitz Wales in Six Nations Opener

Ireland got their Six Nations campaign off to an ideal start with a 29-7 win over Wales at the Aviva Stadium.

Tries from Bundee Aki, Garry Ringrose and two from Andrew Conway sealed the opening day, bonus point victory for Andy Farrell’s side.

The hosts started the game at a higher pace than their opponents and looked to use their width immediately from the off.

Mack Hansen’s first involvement in an Irish jersey proved to be a useful one. The Connacht man raced from his own half before chipping the ball over Louis Rees-Zammit. The Australian born winger wasn’t able to get on the end of his kick but did make sure his side had the throw into the lineout on the Welsh five metre line.

Ireland recycled the ball well and after a couple of phases of possession, Sexton spread the ball wide to Mack Hansen. Hansen drew the Welsh defence infield before offloading to his fellow Connacht man Bundee Aki who finished in the corner after just over two minutes on the clock.

Jonathan Sexton followed up with the conversion to give them an early, seven-point advantage.

Ireland continued to dominate both territory and possession while causing the Welsh defence serious trouble at the breakdown with Jack Conan and Andrew Porter completing some excellent turnovers.

The hosts were awarded two penalties inside the Wales half, but Sexton missed both attempts much to the surprise of the packed Aviva Stadium crowd.

Sexton did add a further three points midway through the half to extend his side’s advantage. Ireland lead 10-0 at the break.

The hosts began their second half in the same fashion as they started the first. Johnny Sexton opted to go to the corner from a penalty where his pack used their effective maul to mount pressure on Wales.

Jonathan Sexton spread the ball wide to the awaiting Andrew Conway who dived over in the corner for his side’s second try of the afternoon.

Sexton showed his composure with the follow up conversion to add the extra two points to Ireland’s tally.

Wales’ Josh Adams was sent to the bin for a shoulder into the face of the Ireland captain. From here Wales struggled to maintain the ferocious Irish attacks.

Josh Van Der Flier’s line break opened up the Welsh defence once again and after Ireland recycled the ball through carries from James Ryan and Caelin Dorris. Gibson Park passed the ball out to Andrew Conway again who scored his second try in the space of eight minutes. It was the Munster man’s 15th try in just 28 caps for his country.

Ireland sealed their bonus point on the hour mark when Andrew Porter ripped the ball from Gareth Thomas.

Sexton passed the ball wide towards the right wing again where Mack Hansen popped the ball into the path of Bundee Aki who offloaded to Garry Ringrose, who danced through Liam Williams’ attempted tackle to secure the all-important bonus point.

With under five minutes remaining, Wales did find their only score of the game when Taine Basham capitalised on a mistake by Tadgh Beirne. The Dragons’ flanker dived underneath the posts before Callum Sheedy added the extra two points.

Ireland travel to Paris next weekend to face the tournament favourites at the Stade de France.

 

Ireland

15Hugo Keenan Full-Back
14Andrew Conway 23 Winger 44', 51'
13Garry Ringrose Centre 60'
12Bundee Aki Centre 3'
11Mack Hansen Fly-Half
10Johnny Sexton 22 Fly-Half 4', 45', 52'
21'
9Jamison Gibson-Park 21 Scrum-Half
8Jack Conan 20 No. 8
7Josh Van Der Flier Flanker
6Caelan Doris Flanker
5James Ryan 19 Lock
4Tadhg Beirne Lock
3Tadhg Furlong 18 Prop
2Ronan Kelleher 16 Hooker
1Andrew Porter 17 Prop
16Dan Sheehan 2 Hooker
17Cian Healy 1 Prop
18Finlay Bealham 3 Prop
19Ryan Baird 5 Lock
20Peter O’Mahony 8 Flanker
21Conor Murray 9 Scrum-Half
22Joey Carbery 10 Fly-Half
23James Hume 14 Centre

Wales

15Liam Williams Full-Back
14Johnny McNicholl 23 Full-Back
13Josh Adams Winger 49'
12Nick Tompkins Centre
11Louis Rees-Zammit Winger
10Dan Biggar 22 Fly-Half
9Tomos Williams 21 Scrum-Half
8Aaron Wainwright Flanker
7Taine Basham Flanker 76'
6Ellis Jenkins 20 Flanker
5Adam Beard Lock
4Will Rowlands 19 Lock
3Tomas Francis 18 Prop
2Ryan Elias 16 Forward
1Wyn Jones 17 Prop
16Dewi Lake 2 Hooker
17Gareth Thomas 1 Prop
18Dillon Lewis 3 Forward
19Ben Carter 4 Forward
20Ross Moriarty 6 No. 8
21Gareth Davies 9 Scrum-Half
22Callum Sheedy 10 Fly-Half 76'
23Owen Watkin 14 Centre

Past Meetings

(Round 1)
53 - 5
U20 Six Nations
Aviva Stadium

Ireland v Wales

(Week 1)
21 - 16
Six Nations
Principality Stadium

Wales v Ireland

Ground

Aviva Stadium
Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Sandymount, Pembroke West ED, Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, D04 CA43, Ireland

Luke is a final year Journalism student in DCU. He is a Sports Reporter for Wicklow People Sport and FinalWhistle.ie.