Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Ireland beat Wales by ten points at Millennium Stadium

Ronan O'Gara overcame a shaky start to give favourites Ireland a

winning start to the RBS 6 Nations against Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

Ireland beat the home side 19-9 giving their campaign an ideal start.

O'Gara endured a torrid opening 30 minutes as Wales overcame the setback of a

conceding an opportunist try to Ulster hooker Rory Best just 47 seconds into the

match.

Gareth Jenkins' side hit three penalties through Stephen Jones but still

trailed 12-9 at the interval with Brian O'Driscoll touching down for his 29th

Test try.

Wales paid the price for not converting pressure into points, especially in

the second half when Ireland survived an early onslaught to cross through O'Gara

in the 71st minute.

The Munster fly-half then converted his own try to complete the victory with

Ireland centre Gordon D'Arcy taking the man of the match award.

Another terrible pass from Stringer put O'Gara under pressure but the Lions

fly-half responded with a fine clearance that pinned Wales back deep in their

own half.

Ireland won a five metre scrum and after using several phases to batter away

at the Welsh line they attacked the midfield only to turn the ball over.

They could not be denied in the 71st minute, however, when D'Arcy surged to

within inches of the whitewash before the ball was recycled to O'Gara who

grounded the ball despite James Hook's despairing late tackle

O'Driscoll limped off in the 75th minute and was replaced by Murphy but

O'Gara's try had left too much for Wales to do, despite a late flourish from the

red shirts.

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