In a campaign that never really got going for Ireland, losing the first game to England, Ireland lost their second game of this year’s Six Nations when they were defeated 25-7 by Wales in Cardiff.
It meant that Wales captured their third Grand Slam in 11 years.
The result never truly looked in doubt after Hadleigh Parkes scored a try in the opening minute. Wales raced to a 16-0 lead as Ireland’s indiscipline cost them dear. At one point, it appeared Ireland may finish scoreless, before Jordan Larmour clinched a consolation try.
Speaking about the win, Wales manager Warren Gatland said: “It was a fantastic performance, we didn’t look too tired did we?
“We spoke beforehand about the players playing for themselves, their families and the fans and being able to create a bit of history. You can never take that away from them now.
“I said if we won the first game against France we’ve got a good chance of winning the whole thing. If that creates that bit of belief in the players then maybe something like this can happen.”
Elsewhere, England drew 38-38 with Scotland in a thrilling game that would have meant that Ireland would have won the Six Nations with a win over Wales. But Ireland, completely off the races in the two games against England and Wales, didn’t deserve the title and have some questions to answer before the World Cup in Japan later this year.
David Gorman is a journalist from Monaghan who mainly writes about golf, football and GAA.
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