Against an opponent crushed by absence, the hosts fight for a while, then pave the way for a big win early in the second half with Conway’s brace bonuses.
Ireland beat Wales 29-7 in Dublin, launching the 2022 edition of the Six Nations. The Wales have formed an almost complete team with the injured: they include Elliott Dee, Toulouse Faletto, Lee Huffpenny, Alon Vin Jones, Dan Lidiot, Josh McLeod, Josh Navidi, George North, Ken Owens, Justin Tipurik and Johnny Williams. With so many compromises and their enormous special weight it is absolutely impossible to expect to repeat the sensational achievement of a year ago, as a foreigner with few opportunities, when coach Wayne Pivak’s team won the title. So when Ireland unlocks it in just 3 minutes, everything suggests it will happen: the impression is wrong, but when we finally come to conclusions, the result will be the same.
From the touch of 22 the Irish go straight to the bottom of the posts pretending to be a mall, then quickly re-open the offshore and new winger McKenzie Hansen (born to an Irish mother in Australia) fishes very freely into the Bundi Aki on the left. Sexton transforms, but unexpectedly loses two of his most difficult places (albeit slightly affected by the wind). It slipped third on the 21st below the goalpost. However, the problem for the Irish is another: in the context of large-scale work, in the context of an overflowing domain of possession and territory, hazardous activities are no longer produced. Wales, on the other hand, can not afford much, they try to put their nose in the opposite half of the pitch, but they only try to smell the 22’s. It is best for guests to keep the defense up. He is physically on duty on the pitch. However, since Pivak and Josh Adams were the first to place several patches in the center in practically every department, it is clear that we could not expect tested mechanisms. The Irish game plan is simple: forwards carry the burden of breaking straight lines and getting the ball back as fast as possible, but when the Sexton attack begins, the Welsh defense tightens the shirts. Just before the break the beautiful tackle on the pair of Adams and Nick Thompkins centers on Gary Ringrose, the Irish can always make the short road. At the break it went 10-0.
The second half opens just like the first half. A decisive Irish attack passes through the heart of the Welsh defense, and then the ball travels wide to the right, and Andrew Conway picks it up from the stand and jumps to the flag, a tackle seems to be blocking him, but the winger manages to reach to break the line. The violent push to Sexton with the ball away gave Adams a yellow card and the game seemed to have reached a turning point in the 50th minute. A minute later another powerful attack pushes the Welsh back to the goal line, and once absorbed, it is inevitable that someone will be left on the beach: for James Gibson-Park, holding the Conway by the flag is a children’s game. The bonus signing at 60 is by Gary Ringgros: the center takes off more than 10 meters from Aki, then moves inwards, stumbles on a dive between two Welshmen (the first two are converted by Sexton, and the third is lost by Joey Carberry). At 75, Tadg Bayern reached his 22nd, and instead of serving his teammate off the ground, Welsh flanker Taine Basham was able to get the ball under the posts and eliminate a deserving zero from the scoresheet (conversion of the stone shed). The score does not allow it to be understood, but in essence the Irish victory suffered more than it should, which certainly does not leave the best impressions, especially in view of the next match awaiting coach Andy Farrell’s XV. France, maybe you’ve already decided on a good part of the title.
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