Belfast Telegraph

Hook, line and stinker

Ireland's Cardiff party is over, their period of domination in the Welsh capital now a thing of the past.

Their failure to score in a second half in which they certainly had chances to do so cost them dearly. Yes, they will complain about the legality of Mike Phillips’ try given that the Welsh took a quick line-out with a replacement ball — and from the wrong spot — but that cannot be used as an excuse.

Put bluntly, Ireland weren’t good enough. Since 1983 a draw in 1991 and a defeat in 2005 were the only blemishes on Ireland’s otherwise perfect Championship record in Cardiff.

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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