James Lowe in circulation for Eire in opposition to Wales within the Autumn International locations Cup match on the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on 13 November 2020.
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Wales beat an Eire side that played with 14 males for over an hour 21-16 in a spicy Six International locations contest in Cardiff on Sunday.
Irish flanker Peter O’Mahony turned into as soon as confirmed a straight crimson by referee Wayne Barnes after he elbowed Tomas Francis within the top.
O’Mahony positive aspects the unwanted designate of being the first Irish player to be despatched off in a Six International locations match.
Victory alternatively will be welcome for Wales coach Wayne Pivac who got here into the match beneath sizable rigidity following a disappointing first year to blame.
“We merely had to pick out this day. Or no longer it is key to beginning with a bang and protect momentum going so we’re happy,” Wales prop Wyn Jones knowledgeable the BBC.
“Infrequently it is considerable to play in opposition to 14 males because they front up.”
Eire skipper Johnny Sexton added: “I judge a few choices on the discontinue went in opposition to us, but Wales are a truly just correct-making an try side and we simplest fill ourselves responsible.”
Leigh Halfpenny put the Welsh 3-0 forward within the fifth minute after O’Mahony turned into as soon as penalised.
Dan Lydiate’s return to Test circulation for the first time since 2018 lasted barely 12 minutes earlier than the Welsh flanker limped off with a knee damage.
On the assorted hand, it turned into as soon as O’Mahony’s departure that proved pivotal.
Barnes had no risk but to brandish the crimson card at O’Mahony announcing: “It is the top Peter”.
O’Mahony scratched his head as he left the pitch, head coach Andy Farrell’s expression hidden by the masks retaining as a consequence of Covid-19 protocols.
Wales centre Johnny Williams turned into as soon as presumably lucky no longer to receive a card of some colour rapidly afterwards when his head connected with ball carrier Garry Ringrose.
Halfpenny added one other penalty to manufacture it 6-0 after Sexton infringed but the Irish gathered themselves and enjoyed a just correct-making an try amount of possession.
On the assorted hand, being a man down, they wanted to pick out their alternatives.
They let one roam abegging when they misplaced a line-out metres from the Welsh tryline — moments after key jumper James Ryan had departed groggily for a Head Injury Overview.
He turned into as soon as no longer to attain relief.
Farrell had a rare moment to applaud when Sexton landed a penalty merely earlier than the half hour imprint to manufacture it 6-3.
Sexton levelled the match five minutes from the ruin.
Astonishingly the Irish were forward rapidly afterwards with the opening coming thanks to an enormous clearance to the contact by James Lowe.
The Welsh misplaced the lineout and Robbie Henshaw made mountainous ground earlier than offloading to Josh van der Flier.
He turned into as soon as introduced down making an try the line but managed to procure the ball to Tadhg Berine who touched down — Sexton transformed for 13-6.
The hosts though bought interior two factors after George North broke thru to the contact down after an involving relief-hand roam by Josh Navidi for his 42nd strive in his 99th Test.
Halfpenny despatched his conversion wide to head away the Irish 13-11 up with half an hour final.
The Welsh went in front merely earlier than the hour imprint as younger wing Louis Rees-Zammit did brilliantly to the contact down within the corner. Halfpenny transformed for 18-13.
The mature paunchy-relief made it 21-13 with 15 minutes final leaving Eire requiring two ratings to pick out.
Sexton overlooked the likelihood to place the Irish in mountainous field situation when he inexplicably failed to discover contact.
The Irish playmaker turned into as soon as left inclined on the bottom a minute later when his head connected with Justin Tipuric’s knee.
The ever competitive Sexton shook his head in frustration as he went off for an evaluation.
His alternative Billy Burns slotted over a penalty to manufacture it 21-16 and situation up a nervy final 10 minutes for the hosts.
The Irish kept the rigidity on but in time added on, Burns overlooked a golden opportunity to discover contact and fill a lineout metres from the hosts’ line.
As he dropped to his knees in despair the Welsh raised their hands in celebration and Pivac puffed out his cheeks with relief.