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  • Rugby World Cup: Ireland beat Wales 19-10 in final warm-up game

    Posted on November 13th, 2019 akth No comments

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    By Michael Morrow
    BBC Sport NI at Aviva Stadium
    After defeating Warren Gatland’s side ireland will journey to Japan to the World Cup.
    Rob Kearney and Hadleigh Parkes traded tries from Tadhg Furlong before scores and James Ryan put the hosts in command.
    Welsh fly-half Rhys Patchell was replaced in the first half.
    Injury compelled off the Cian Healy and Keith Earls of Ireland.
    The sport gave the opportunity to say farewell to the leaving duo of head coach Joe Schmidt and captain Rory greatest to the Aviva Stadium crowd.
    Together with warm-ups now complete, both sides will visit Japan next week using Ireland starting their campaign against Scotland on 22 September and Wales confronting Georgia a day later.
    Having fielded a weakened team for each week’s meeting in Cardiff, Gatland returned to for the final warm-up game as Wales began at a furious speed.
    The visitors could have led by double scores to Leigh Halfpenny to miss a law punishment from latching onto Halfpenny’s kick through before the timely interception of Kearney denied George North.
    Meanwhile, as Best, at his final home appearance prior to retiring, misfired out of his first two line-outs the hosts continued to battle at the set-piece.
    Ireland’s next line-out came as they entered the Wales 22 for the first time together with James Ryan.
    Since the 2018 World Rugby player of this season made his first appearance of these warm-up games Together with Ireland’s crucial World Cup opener against Scotland two weeks away, all eyes were on Johnny Sexton.
    Following his first engagement saw the veteran fly-half send his restart straight into touch, Sexton functioned well to conduct Ireland’s assault with efficiency.
    However it had been Sexton Henshaw, playing his first international game in February, who made the largest effect upon his return because the opening Six Nations defeat by England of Ireland.
    With questions hanging over the Irish defence following their thrashing against England, the return of Henshaw prompted further afield his significance, and a vastly enhanced screen in that respect.
    It was Henshaw’s outstanding try-line handle that denied Dan Biggar Sexton’s pass had been chosen away by a particular score after the replacement fly-half on halfway.
    Henshaw was helpless to stop Parkes following the Scarlets centre chose a line to tear through the defence of Ireland, from bulldozing his way over moments later.
    Where of it was Wales who commanded the game’s speed, Ireland were the dominant force following the restart.
    Before Ryan did the same eight minutes later to provide the hosts a lead, prop Furlong drove over from short range.
    Wales, could not keep their punishment count down enough to release the pressure valve and by contrast, struggled to keep hold of the ball.
    Really swimmer Mathieu Raynal eventually lost patience, delivering replacement lock Adam Beard to the bin.
    Either side will bemoan losing players prior to the championship in Japan has began although a warm-up match performed with Test match intensity’s benefits are clear to see.
    Patchell, who edged out Jarrod Evans for Wales’ back-up fly-half spot following an inspired performance off the bench a week, didn’t come back from an initial half Head Injury Assessment having obtained significant hits.
    Ireland overly lost out before Earls limped off midway through the second half after prop Healy was eliminated at half-time after a HIA.
    Ireland: Kearney; Larmour, Henshaw, Aki, Earls; Sexton, Murray; Healy, Best (c), Furlong, Ryan, Kleyn, Stander, van der Flier, Conan.
    Replacements: Cronin, Kilcoyne, Porter Ruddock, McGrath, Carty, Ringrose
    Wales: Halfpenny; North, Davies, Parkes, Adams; Patchell, Williams; Jones, Dee, Tomas Francis, Ball, Jones (c), Wainwright, Tipuric, Moriarty.
    Replacements: Liam Williams, Ken Owens, Nicky Smith Adam Beard, Josh Navidi, Gareth Davies, Dan Biggar.
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