Ireland 27 Wales 12

Ireland cruised to a 27-12 victory over Wales in their Six Nations clash at Croke Park on Saturday afternoon. The result sets the Irish up for a shot at their fifth Triple Crown in seven seasons next week against Scotland.

Munster three-quarter Keith Earls scored a brace of tries and man of the match Tomas O’Leary also dotted down for Ireland in a game which the home side won at a canter.

Wales, in contrast, produced a patchy performance punctuated by unforced errors and indiscipline exemplified by Lee Byrne’s needless sin-binning for killing the ball.

Ireland, who had struggled to create momentum early on, took full advantage of their numerical superiority scoring two tries while Byrne was in the bin.

The Welsh struggled at the line out and the breakdown and could have found themselves even further behind if Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton had had a more successful day with the boot. The Leinster player missed five kicks at goal but was on target with a late drop-goal to kill off any hopes of a Welsh comeback.

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