At the end of a penalty shootout, the Greens beat Dragoni and scored. The guests were forced to surrender but did not drown
Aviva Stadium in Dublin is the venue for the first historic match of the Autumn National Cup: Ireland and Wales compete against each other in a heartfelt and important battle. The hosts have a rank to defend, especially if they want to establish themselves within the walls, while the guests desperately want to be confident after losing the last five matches between the Six Nations and the Test series against France. Just before the start of the two news, Ireland lost Stoke Dale and Henderson due to physical problems and included Conway and Rooks in their place and Keane was relegated to the extreme. New Zealand winger James Lowe’s curiosity for his international debut, having won the Green Jersey with Leinster, but this is just one of many themes in the competition.
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It is immediately clear that the challenge is heartbreaking, with teams giving life to two fights in the first five and a half minutes, which is a sign of great tension, albeit controlled. All of this comes at a time when teams are wasting fun opportunities on 22 opponents, especially in a match that is in contact. In the ninth minute, after the second free kick, Ireland chose the path of the goalposts and Sexton did not miss the 22nd line. This achievement loads Ireland, who receive a penalty as soon as the game is restarted, and organizes a very long action from the following touch: 16 steps: Gibson-Park-led defensive oval, which reaches the halfway point in the middle of the night. The move leads Ireland to two consecutive breaches and takes the field, with 22 opponents taking half and Penny 3 to an easy kick. As the minutes go by the theme does not change, Raina whistles like a station master Numerous penalties from both teams can not be ruled out step by step with discipline. From football to football you get to the middle of the first fraction, they have a comfortable space in their place from the bottom of the posts, but so far choose the path of the scrum they have subdued their opponents (especially the side of the car): a long rubbing step of the greens to mark 10 to 3.
Only four minutes pass, and at another point the 10-row Irish hands re-group quickly with the opponent’s ball. The result is Sexton’s second, which does not always give anything, +10. However, it is a pity that Sexton is forced to leave the field due to a physical problem, and Burns takes his place in the control room, so it is not easy to give the team a run for its money. Phosphorus has yet to stop his captain. With literally no mention of playing, within half an hour Hoffenny places the football from 45 meters, which brings his team back to the distance. Furious Ireland leaps forward, overcoming the preamble and dominating another sequence, forcing the Dragons to make another mistake at 22 after a long line of charges. Rainel closes his pocket but limits himself to warning guests, however he must collect the first points of Billy Burns’ international career as he slips from a comfortable position of 16 to 6. It’s not over yet, there are two other breaches that are whistling against Wales, which practically takes the enemy home in the expired time, but do not collect other points depending on his defense and get a little lucky in the canceled goal on goal TMO to Porter. So the end of the first half is less than what happened when Ireland always had the ball in their hands. Dragons, on the other hand, are destructive from a disciplinary point of view, but are still in the game, which is something we have already seen.
Thirty seconds after the resumption, there is a whistle immediately, this time attacking with a touch of 22 in favor of Wales: retrieving the ball and trying to hand, an Irish forward. However, the following scrum testifies to the dominance of Healy and his allies who get another penalty and remove the danger in this game situation. However, the problem of discipline is one aspect of the game, which is not solved at all, and within a few seconds another penalty comes against the hosts. Halfpenny drops slightly off the midfield line into the middle of the poles and blesses opponents in 47th place. The situation repeats itself after three minutes, but at this point Hoffney’s position comes from a more comfortable position outside of 22, and the Welsh intensity will not repeat the mistake by bringing the team back to a goal from 16 to 9. Resume Irish Hounds recover the ball near the goal and give the Dragons shivers who stopped Davis’ kick, but again Doris is unable to break the Welsh save. Several charges come in with heads from Ireland in the following scrum, but the red wall will not admit anything, recovering the ball at the first opportunity, however an error occurs on the following resume as the release is not centered on the lineout. Burns’ signing of +3 was easy for the new double-digit gain of 54. The eighteenth-time guests show that they do not want to give up, and orchestrate a multifaceted turn of 16 and deliver within 22 opponents. There he stops working for a high Irish tackle, and Huffpenny makes the second mistake of the evening by not finding posts from an impossible position near the end of the game. The point of the stripe, or replacement, is newcomer Murray, who puts posts over the age of 22 at 65, recognizing another great job by his teammates. Scoreboards 22 to 9 practically protect Ireland from the return of Wales, which remains bad on the decline, thus helping the Greens pass through the port. There is still room for Murray ‘s 71st place in the final, and it’s good to go over the break, the first goal of Lowe’s career, to score from one to five and restrict himself to the opponent’s defense. The first historic challenge of the Autumn Nation Cup ends in favor of Ireland from 32 to 9, and this victory deserves a Green team that has produced more than absolutely deserving Wales, reaching their sixth consecutive defeat.
Scoreboard of Ireland-Wales 32–9, The first day of the Autumn National Cup:
Ireland: 15 Hugo Keenan, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 James Lowe, 10 Jonathan Sexton (c), 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Callen Doris, 7 Josh van der Flyer, 6 Peter O’Mahoney, 5 James Ryan, 4 Quinn Rooks, 3 Andrew Porter, 2 Ronan Kelleher, 1 Sean Healy
Available: 16 Dave Hefernan, 17 Ed Byrne, 18 Finley Billham, 19 Thaddeus Byrne, 20 Will Connors, 21 Connor Murray, 22 Billy Burns, 23 Keith Earls
Meta: Rooks (22 ‘), Lowe (81)
Conversion: Sexton (23 ‘), Murray (82’)
Set pieces: Sexton (10 ‘, 27’), Burns (35 ‘, 54’), Murray (66 ‘, 71’)
Wales: 15 Lee Hoffpenny, 14 Liam Williams, 13 Jonathan Davis, 12 Owen Watkin, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Bigar, 9 Gareth Davis, 8 Tulp Loop Fleta au, 7 Justin Tipurik, 6 Shane Lewis-Hughes, 5 Alan Wine Jones ( C) 4 Will Rolands, 3 Thomas Francis, 2 Ryan Elias, 1 Rice Carey
Available: 16 Elliott Dee, 17 Wine Jones, 18 Samson Lee, 19 Jake Ball, 20 Aaron Weinwright, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 Time Sheddy, 23 George North
Set pieces: Halfpenny (16 ‘, 30’, 50 ‘)
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