Rob Howley hails 'outstanding' Wales as Ireland's title hopes take a hit

13 March, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Warren Cooper
  • Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has no reason to tinker with his winning side against Wales

Wales leapfrogged Ireland into second the table with the win, but England claimed the Six Nations title with a 33-5 victory over Scotland in Northampton. The game was over as a contest, but not as a match.

"Credit to the boys we played for the full 80 minutes and put in a real shift to get that win against a quality Ireland side".

"We expect a reaction on Friday night".

Wales have just one win in this year's tournament after painful losses to both England and Scotland.

A yellow card for Peat allowed Wales get a grip of the game and a try from Shona Powell-Hughes tied it up at 7-7.

The players will be performing mini-miracles if they can keep this up until the final whistle, but if the second half is anything like the first, then we're in for a cracker.

North scored a try in each half and Jamie Roberts a late five-pointer, Leigh Halfpenny kicking two conversions and a penalty. It's incredibly frustrating. Credit to Wales.

Barnes has come in for plenty of scrutiny in the Irish media this week, with some sections still scathing of his performance in 2015 and highlighting Ireland's record when he is in charge (won four, lost nine).

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"This is a team that never gives up and we saw that with the way we fought back, it was just a shame we couldn't finish the job", added Johnston.

The physicality of the game did not fade with South African-born CJ Stander produced several massive fends but the Irish could not get points.

It was a disappointing display by Ireland with the line-out malfunctioning a few times.

Wales took immediate advantage of the extra space, with Jones delivering a wonderfully flat skip pass to Williams, whose cracking line took him under the posts.

Ireland have played only three test matches before on a Friday, the last of which was against France during the 2007 World Cup.

In November, New Zealand looked to make it 19 in Chicago only to lose to Ireland. Joseph's game has morphed since he first became a regular in 2015, the blazing flurry of dynamic tries that marked his early caps replaced by his growing stature as a forceful defender with an opportunistic streak.

Welsh newspaper The Western Mail rated North as 9/10, beating even official man-of-the-match Rhys Webb in their player rankings.

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