Ireland vs Wales in Six Nations

Ireland celebrate their win over Wales in 2024 Six Nations. Image: Irish Rugby via X.

Beware Springboks, excellent Ireland are on a rampage

The Springboks will do well to take notice of Ireland’s commanding win over Wales and their overall dominance so far in the Six Nations.

Ireland vs Wales in Six Nations

Ireland celebrate their win over Wales in 2024 Six Nations. Image: Irish Rugby via X.

Ireland fought from seven points down to claim a 31-7 victory over Wales in Dublin to keep their back-to-back Six Nations Grand Slam hopes alive. 

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An entirely professional first-half display in which they enjoyed 70 per cent possession yielded a 17-0 half-time lead with tries from Dan Sheehan and James Lowe following an early Jack Crowley penalty. 

Wales emerged a side transformed after the break and were awarded an early penalty try, with Tadhg Beirne sin-binned in the process, as the Irish defence faced its toughest test of this year’s Championship

Warren Gatland’s side threatened an unlikely comeback but could not force a second to make it a one-score game and instead saw their hopes of a rare win at the Aviva Stadium dashed after a try from stand-in full-back Ciaran Frawley.

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Wales pushed for a late second score to give Ireland something to think about late on, but Andy Farrell’s side were determined to leave with maximum points and did so after Beirne flopped over at the last. 

It was a step back for Wales in their recovery but another hurdle overcome for Ireland in their pursuit of a record second successive sweep. 

No team has ever won the Six Nations with a maximum 28 points, but with three bonus-point wins in a row, Ireland are on course for a double dose of history.

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With their next challenge being a season-opening Test against Wales followed by a two-game series against Ireland, the Springboks’ brains trust will have watch and made notes of this one-sided Six Nations encounter.

Taking into account Ireland’s current form and the fact that they had beaten the Springboks in the last meeting between the sides (in the group stage at the World Cup), it will be the Test series against them in July that’ll be especially challenging for South Africa.

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The Springboks close to the tryline against Ireland. Photo: SA Rugby website.