Ireland strikes a great blow of entry. By winning widely in Wales (34-10), Saturday February 4, at the opening of the 2023 Six Nations Tournament, the XV of Clover confirmed its status as favorite, which it shares with the France team. Opposed, Sunday, to Italy (4 p.m.), the Blues are warned before moving to Dublin, Saturday February 11.
At the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Andy Farrell’s men impressed as much as they highlighted the shortcomings of the Welsh team, aging and already penultimate in the 2022 edition standings.
The latter will certainly find grounds for hope in her second period. Less porous in defense, more threatening offensively, like the try scored on the return from the locker room by Liam Williams (27-10, 46e), the players of Warren Gatland however started from too far to hope to overthrow Ireland, the first nation in the world.
Because hardly the echo of the Land of my fathers, the vibrant Welsh anthem, had it fallen that the Irish had already scored their first points. We had only been playing for two minutes when Caelan Doris scored the first try of the match, imposing his power up close to put the Welsh defense on their heels (7-0, 3e). The Irish advance in the opposing camp will also have been the theme of the start of the match. James Ryan also scored strongly to double the lead (14-0, 10e).
Even when the Leek XV tried to rebel, it was punished by Irish efficiency. The third try signed James Lowe is the result of an interception on his line of 22 meters to go flatten 80 meters further (24-3, 22e). Author of the fatal ball loss, Dan Biggar got his brushes tangled again less than 5 meters from the Irish in-goal (24e) before the visitors’ defense saved, on their line, another try attempt (37e). As a symbol of Welsh impotence.
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Too imprecise and undisciplined, the Welsh never managed to come close to the height of the Irish. On the contrary, they even gave in once again, victims of their numerical inferiority following the yellow card of Liam Williams (66e). Josh van der Flier’s try gives Ireland an attacking bonus (34-10, 73e), who takes the lead in the standings with five points pending the first steps of England against Scotland, late Saturday afternoon, and those of France against Italy, Sunday.