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Who will have impressed Lions coach Warren Gatland in Wales' win over Ireland?

There were plenty of British and Irish Lions contenders on show as Wales beat Ireland 22-9 in the RBS 6 Nations in Cardiff on Friday night.

Here Press Association examines the battles likely to have been upper most in the mind of watching Lions coach Warren Gatland.


Jonathan Davies was the pick of the midfield as he went looking for work and was a constant threat with ball in hand. Davies, a 2013 Lion, received excellent support from Scott Williams while the Ireland pair Garry Ringrose and Robbie Henshaw could not make the impact they wanted.


Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb enhanced his Lions credentials by having a hand in two tries while Ireland rival Conor Murray was forced off in the second half with a wrist injury. Neither outside-half enjoyed a memorable night as Dan Biggar was intercepted on a couple of occasions and Jonny Sexton was sin-binned after earlier spending time off the field with a head injury.


Ireland flanker CJ Stander had a huge game before his second-half exit, both on the tackle count and in yardage gained. Sean O'Brien and Jamie Heaslip were not quite as prominent, while Justin Tipuric was the pick of a Welsh back row which also saw Sam Warburton and Ross Moriarty defend well.


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