Rugby World Cup - Ireland v Wales

Rugby World Cup - Ireland v Wales

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  • 05:25
    Ireland v Wales: A nation awakes. A nation awaits. Never have so many lie-ins been sacrificed in the name of so few. It’s Ireland against Wales, these old Six Nations sparring partners slugging it out for a place in the World Cup semi-finals. Uncharted waters for any team in green. Sleep deprived as we are, the prize on offer couldn’t be more invigorating.

    Ireland have been to World Cup quarter-finals before, but never will they have a greater opportunity to make it all the way. But although a place in the last four is within our grasp, your correspondent is conflicted.

    Here’s my quandary, people. I expect Ireland to win. Most of the people I’ve spoken to this week, from your average Joes to your so-called experts, expect Ireland to win. Even George ‘Bloody Well Delighted’ Hook expects Ireland to win Naturally enough, being Irish, this can only be deeply disturbing, a thoroughly bad thing.

    If pride comes before a fall, expectations (of the favourable kind) invariably start to rear their unwelcome heads right before a calamity. As a consequence, the good vibrations surrounding this fixture have triggered a deep sense of unease in me.

    I’m confident Ireland have enough fire-power up front to subdue the Welsh dragons, with Cian Healy, Mike Ross and Rory Best more than a match for a battle hardened Welsh front row while our Chuck Norrises in the back row will put Warburton and co in their place.

    I’m even confident we have enough tactical nous behind the scrum to expose an exciting, yet callow, Welsh backline. Sure, Davies and Roberts will target O’Gara while North and Williams can cause problems out wide. But man-for-man, Ireland should be able to cope and are more than capable of gaining the upper hand.

    But with this confidence, comes dread. I expect Ireland to win, but precisely because of this, I fear the worst. If that makes any sense.

    Setanta Sports has tapped into the mood. The broadcaster, not wishing to jump the gun, has done exactly that and provisionally chartered a flight for next weekend to bring 280 Irish fans to the semi-finals.

    Should Ireland win, fans taking up the offer will have roughly 28 hours on terra firma in New Zealand, bookended by flights of around 27 hours each. Not so much a case of don’t forget your toothbrush, more one of don’t forget the DVT stockings.

    Ireland: R Kearney (Leinster); T Bowe (Ospreys), B O'Driscoll (Leinster, capt), G D'Arcy (Leinster), K Earls (Munster); R O'Gara (Munster), C Murray (Munster); C Healy (Leinster), R Best (Ulster) , M Ross (Leinster), D O'Callaghan (Munster), P O'Connell (Munster), S Ferris (Ulster), S O'Brien (Leinster), J Heaslip (Leinster). Replacements: S Cronin (Leinster), T Court (Ulster), D Ryan (Munster), D Leamy (Munster), E Reddan (Leinster), J Sexton (Leinster), A Trimble (Ulster).

    Wales: L Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues); G North (Scarlets), J Davies (Scarlets), J Roberts (Cardiff Blues), S Williams (Ospreys); R Priestland (Scarlets), M Phillips (Bayonne); G Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), H Bennett (Ospreys), A Jones (Ospreys), L Charteris (Newport Gwent Dragons), A-W Jones (Ospreys), D Lydiate (Newport Gwent Dragons), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues, capt), T Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons). Replacements: L Burns (Newport Gwent Dragons), P James (Ospreys), B Davies (Cardiff Blues), R Jones (Ospreys), L Williams (Cardiff Blues), J Hook (Perpignan), S Williams (Scarlets).

  • 05:35
    TV View: Tom McGurk and the RTE panel exhort us to boldly go where no Irish team has gone before. Brent Pope has no right to look as chirpy as he does at this hour of the morning. Tom isn’t looking quite so fresh, and isn’t even quite sure what time of the day it is. “Good morning, or should I say good evening,” welcomes the anchor. It’s morning time Tom. Definitely morning.
  • 05:53
  • 05:53
    More TV View: Over on Setanta, Matt Williams agrees with Franno (who underlines his own big game credentials, reminds us that he played in three World Cup quarter-finals) that Ireland’s experience will see them over the line. This is a good Welsh team, reckons Matt, but not a great one. Unbridled confidence all around then. Worrying. Poor Paul O’Connell, meanwhile, still can’t get a game in those O2 adverts, with Alice still picked ahead of the Irish second row. Good player, that Alice.

    Over on ITV meanwhile, Gavin Dempsey is struggling to get his point across . . .
  • 05:57
    Predictions: The consensus seems to be that it will be no more than a one-score match, with all the Irish pundits going for an Ireland win. Certainly, the bookies agree, with Ireland narrow two points favourites. For our part, we’re going for a 25-19 result. In favour of Ireland.
  • 06:02
    1 min: It’s wet and windy in Wellington’s Cake Tin. Not such a bad thing from an Irish point of view, the conditions conducive to a 10-man brand of rugby that will keep Wales on the back foot. And Ronan O’Gara gets us underway. Here we go . . .
  • 06:06
    3 mins - Ireland 0 Wales 7: Disaster for Ireland, as Williams takes just 120 seconds to cross the Irish line. Jamie Roberts got the ball rolling, collecting a towering up-and-under and Wales went left, then right before the winger dived over in the corner. Priestland even nails the conversion.
  • 06:08
    5 mins: Ireland win the first battle of the breakdown, with Wales going off their feet, and Ireland are able to get some field position.
  • 06:11
    8 mins: Ferris bulldozes his way towards the line from the ensuing lineout, and again Wales transgress. O’Gara opts for the corner, the Irish maul is stopped just short but Wales concede yet another penalty. Good pressure here from Ireland.
  • 06:11
    Barry c'mon lads, steady up.
  • 06:13
    10 mins: Healy goes desperately close but is held up, Ireland then go wide but the ball is spilled and Wales are able to clear. Ireland deserved some points from that series of attacks but the Welsh defence held firm.
  • 06:17
    14 mins: First scrum, with Wales getting the put in. After a couple of messy false starts, during which Mike Ross needed a bit of treatment, the Irish eight get the shove on but Wales spin it wide where Roberts runs straight through D’Arcy. Every time Wales spin it out, they’re looking extremely dangerous.
  • 06:17
    Rob in Brazil Eight minutes in and its edge-of-the-seat stuff already. Great!
  • 06:21
    16 mins: O’Driscoll nips in to intercept and D’Arcy then makes amends with a line-break of his own. Again, when Ireland get close to the Welsh line Wales are happy to concede the penalty. O’Gara chooses the corner once more and when the ball finds its way to O’Brien the flanker bursts over the line but is held up. It’s fast and furious out there.
  • 06:22
    17 mins: Another handling error, this time from O’Gara, allows Wales to clear their lines once more. Can’t help wondering if Ireland wouldn’t be better getting some points on the board instead of kicking penalties into the corner.
  • 06:22
    noraa cheers for this service, I'm in the ar*e hole a nowwhere in rural ontario, mon ireland
  • 06:22
    Neil Thailand Come on lads drive on
  • 06:25
    21 mins: An O’Gara punt for the corner goes dead, and Ireland gift possession back to the Welsh. But Wales go too early at the scrum and this time O’Gara finds his range, pinning Wales back in their own 22.
  • 06:25
    Guest come on Ireland - I'm in Tajikistan..............never heard of rugby here!!!
  • 06:25
    Barry Chasing the try is fine for now but if this doesn't work, then they need to take the points when they can.
  • 06:27
    24 mins – Ireland 3 Wales 7: Rob Kearney bursts clear and is hauled down by four Welsh defenders metres from the line. Again Wales concede the penalty – Craig Joubert must be thinking of a yellow card soon – and this time O’Gara takes the three points on offer. After a shaky start, Ireland have played all the rugby here.
  • 06:28
    Elaine Enuf already - use those penalities and put points on the board
  • 06:29
    noraa wish I could see it, seems frantic
  • 06:32
    28 mins - Ireland 3 Wales 10: Ireland concede their first penalty at the breakdown, O’Brien pinged for holding on, and Leigh Halfpenny fancies the long range kick at goal. From just inside the Irish half, his effort clears the crossbar and Wales are seven points up once more.
  • 06:36
    32 mins: Wales are managing to slow down the Irish ball successfully, but Ireland then force the turnover allowing Tommy Bowe to run at the Welsh defence. When the ball finds its way to O’Gara, he kicks to the corner and the pressure is back on the thin red line.
  • 06:39
    35 mins: O’Callaghan steals the Welsh lineout but O’Gara’s dummy fools nobody, least of all Warburton, who turns him over and Wales are able to clear. Ireland still playing all the rugby but some of the decision making has been poor.
  • 06:39
    Dee Jesus I can't handle the stress! C'mon Ireland!!!!
  • 06:42
    39 mins: O’Gara misses his touchfinder for a second time, again the ball going dead. Wales attack off the ensuing scrum but Ireland put in the hits and Charteris is called for holding on. Ireland clear and there’s just about time for one last a play.
  • 06:45
    Half-time: Murray pops the ball to Bowe, and Ireland have momentum once more but as soon as the door opens, the Welsh defence slam it closed again. It’s been some effort from the men in red, with Shaun Edwards a proud man at half-time.
  • 06:45
    Norma Cairns Hi all, any tips please on how to watch it live from Austria? C'MON IRELAND!!!!!
  • 06:50
    There’s real concern in Montrose with George and co worried about how comfortably Wales are able to shut Ireland down. “A masterclass from Gatland,” reckons Frankie Sheahan and it’s hard to disagree with the Cork man.
  • 06:50
    The Tea Lady Ireland can play better. Can Wales?
  • 06:50
    Barry Ireland are putting on the pressure but not getting the points.
  • 06:51
    Neil Thailand Ireland need to change their tactics and start taking the points that are going a waste
  • 06:51
    Dee Should ROG not kick more penalties than going for lineouts in the 2nd half?
  • 06:56
    Nichole Kinda think the next 10 mins will tell
  • 06:56
    40 mins: The half-time stats provide some interesting food for thought. Ireland have enjoyed 60 per cent of possession and almost as much territory, but with Wales stymieing any creativity they still trail where it matters most. Hopefully Kidney and his brains trust have sorted that out at the break.
  • 07:01
    43 mins: After a spot of aeriel ping pong, Priestland finds a really good touch but the Irish lineout has been rock solid. O’Driscoll then  dinks the ball in behind the and Ireland are back on the attack.
  • 07:03
    44 mins: Ireland 10 Wales 10: After a series of Irish attacks, the ball finds it way to Earls who slides over in the corner. But was he in touch . . . no, says the TMO, and the try is awarded! Ireland are right back in this. Clever play from Earls, and O’Gara levels things up with the touchline conversion. Game on!
  • 07:03
    Catherine C'mon Ireland!!!!!
  • 07:04
    Brian We are winning this game everywhere except on the scorebiard
  • 07:04
    Norma Cairns Yay, Ireland on the up! Where would we be without ROG?
  • 07:05
    47 mins: Wales decide to try and play some rugby but O’Brien forces a mammoth turnover and Ireland clear. The wind is in the Irish sails now, time to press on.
  • 07:08
    49 mins: Ferris gets gingerly to his feet after being trapped at the bottom of a ruck. Ireland can ill-afford to lose the number six, he’s been immense again in this contest. Back with play, Wales lose it again at the breakdown and Ireland clear.
  • 07:08
    Neil thailand That is the spirit
  • 07:08
    Martin McHugh 14.05 in Shanxii Taiyuan China- not a Rugby stronghold! My only lifeline to the game!!
  • 07:08
    Barry Right lads! Now it's time to rack up some points.
  • 07:11
    51 mins – Ireland 10 Wales 15: Mike Phillips sneaks down the blind side, dives over and gets the ball down. Great piece of opportunism from the scrumhalf but Ireland will be asking questions of themselves in defence. Priestland misses the extras but Wales are back in front.
  • 07:12
    54 mins: Wales steal an Irish lineout, their second steal of the half, but Davies knocks on and Ireland get the scrum and are able to clear.
  • 07:12
    Luke gilligan In bishop california this is my lifeline to the game
  • 07:12
    Norma Cairns Ireland just needs to get into the lead and they'll be unstoppable!
  • 07:12
    susi i'm in china!! but my heart stay with Irishs!!!Come on!!!
  • 07:14
    56 mins: O’Gara throws a terrible pass, putting Kearney in all sorts of bother, and in come Sexton and Reddan. Tough on O’Gara but he hasn’t been at his best.
  • 07:17
    58 mins: Ireland put under pressure at the scrum and Healy is penalised for bringing the set-piece down. Priestland has the opportunity to make it a two-score game . . . but it strikes the upright. A let-off for Ireland there.
  • 07:17
    Sean - China Another in China (Jiangmen, Guangdung) - cheering for Ireland
  • 07:20
    60 mins: Wales are pinning Ireland back, kicking for the corners. Ireland have 20 minutes to rescue their World Cup. It’s squeaky bum time . . .
  • 07:21
    62 mins: Ireland lose the battle of the boot and Earls then spills the ball just outside the Irish 22. This is a time for cool heads and Ireland look a touch panicky out there.
  • 07:22
    Martin McHugh Where can we all meet up to watch the final?
  • 07:22
    Pie Induskie Yes, Norma. Ireland just needs to have more points than Wales to win.
  • 07:24
    65 mins – Ireland 10 Wales 22: Oh dear, it’s all slipping away now. Earls and Healy wave Davies through and the Welsh centre gratefully scampers home. This time Priestland makes no mistake and Wales are almost home and hosed.
  • 07:28
    68 mins: Ireland batter away at the Welsh line, with Healy and O’Brien both go close, but O’Driscoll, of all people, spills it forward and Wales get the relieving scrum. Time really against Ireland now.
  • 07:28
    Brian have we run out of steam? Wales are upping the pressure big time
  • 07:28
    Pie Induskie In our dreams, Martin.
  • 07:28
    Barry Balance has switched to Wales. Its time to rectify that with a few points
  • 07:30
    70 mins: Ireland cough up the penalty at the ensuing scrum and Wales clear their lines then trudge slowly up for the lineout. O’Connell steals the throw but Ireland fail to secure the ball and are back playing rugby in their own 22.
  • 07:31
    Martin McHugh Scrap that suggestion!
  • 07:31
    noraa c'mon BELIEVE
  • 07:34
    74 mins: Wales are happy to close this game out, kicking the leather off the ball and following up with excellent kick-chases. It’s a tactic that pays dividends, as Ireland go off their feet but again Priestland hits the upright with his penalty attempt.
  • 07:34
    Luke gilligan 10 mineuts lads let's do it
  • 07:37
    76 mins: O’Driscoll goes close in the corner, but his offload finds a red jersey. Ireland do have the lineout and are back on the attack.
  • 07:38
    77 mins: O’Brien is stopped in his tracks and coughs up the penalty for holding on. Game over, I’m afraid.
  • 07:38
    Martin McHugh We still might have to depend on a priest to save our land!!
  • 07:38
    Rob in Brazil Got to say Wales thoroughly deserved this.
  • 07:41
    Full-time: And there you have it. Ireland keep fighting until the end but their World Cup dream is over. Again, that elusive semi-final proves a bridge too far and the curtain comes down amid huge, huge disappointment. Wales march on to Eden Park, where they will meet the winners of England and France next weekend.
  • 07:41
    Sean - China Wont be many Irish celebrating in China tonight
  • 07:41
    Danny At least we still have the Soccer team to inspire us with heroic perfmormances....right..?....uh-oh
  • 07:41
    Pie Induskie Look at it this way: they've put us out of our misery. Now we can all go back to our lives -- or lack of.
  • 07:41
    Barry Sad for us but well deserved by Wales
  • 07:41
    Neil Well done wales
  • 07:42
    Norma Cairns Tragic
  • 07:46
    John I blame Risteard Cooper for predicting we'd go all the way.
  • 07:46
    Sean - China I'm Irish living in NZ and now in china. When I return to NZ next week - at least I will have no expectations - my blood pressure may not have been up to it.
  • 07:47
    Pie Induskie Not tragic, Norma. Just a game.
  • 07:47
    Martin McHugh We can slay a few Chinese dragons to dull the pain!
  • 07:47
    Elaine In fairness Wales the better team - I hope they can go on now to the final!!
  • 07:50
    The post-mortem starts in earnest in the RTE studio. “Our problem is that we have been blind to what’s wrong with the side and allowed ourselves to continue,” reckons Hook. “O’Brien and Ferris were reduced to artisans . . . this team didn’t deliver on the most important day in Irish history.” “Too many mistakes,” adds Pope, while Sheahan rues the amount of turnovers.
  • 07:50
    Rob in Brazil Nasty booing during Warburton's interview...
  • 07:50
    Pie Indaskie Games seem quite absurd... when one loses. And they are... even when one "wins." [Anon.]
  • 07:50
    Skollie Golden era my arse!
  • 07:55
    Declan Kidney has no gripes with the result, paying tribute to Warren Gatland’s side “They’re deserving winners and we wish them well for the rest of the competition,” he says. “We’re just so disappointed that we’ve let everyone down.”
  • 07:55
    Frank in Alabama Congratulations Wales. They played an almost flawless game.
  • 07:55
    Pie Indaskie The golden era still lives on -- in our minds, Skollie. The men in green can't change OUR lives. Do whatever you can do in any moment. End of story. It's up to us.
  • 08:35
    Norma Cairns UP WALES!!!!!!
  • 08:35
    Norma Cairns Yes, just a game which Wales deserved to win - tough on the Irish too.
  • 08:35
    Skollie I was soo hoping that Ireland would stuff the Taffs -eternal over-achievers. But the occasion got to you - too desperate to win. The dart boards in Dublin have less holes than the Irish back line. Shocking defence. BOD was your weakest link!
  • 08:38
    Brian O'Driscoll: “We needed to deliver a performance similar to against Australia or Italy last week, but we didn’t, we knocked on too much ball and when you turn too much ball over against quality of opposition they make you pay and we are the ones left disappointed.” Read all the post-match reaction here.
  • 09:25
    Gerry Thornley: "The dream was over. There was no shame in that, this group of players owe us nothing and for once they will have some reasonably good World Cup memories, but this was a glorious opportunity missed." Read Gerry's full match report here.