Ireland opened their Six Nations campaign with a narrow loss to Wales. This was a classic Six Nations match as the lead constantly changed hands and many sub plots were played out, not least it looking like Wales would lose due to a missed kick in front of the posts.
The early pressure was all Wales but they could not convert the pressure to points and so it was Ireland who with less ball and position went in at half-time leading 10-5 Rory best finishing a fine move to cancel out an earlier Jonathan Davies try. The game had looked like it would ignite and so it was in the second period as Wales took the lead again. Late on the sin binning of Wales second row Bradley Davies looked to have handed the game to Ireland as they pushed out to 21-15. However the final twist was missed tackles in midfield by Ireland allowing Wales to bring it to 21-20 and then right on full time Ireland conceded a penalty in front of the posts and Halfpenny stepped up and won it giving us the final score of:
Ireland 21-23 Wales
Tries: Best, Bowe
Pens: Sexton 3
Tries: Davies 2, North
Pens: Halfpenny 2
Ireland: R Kearney; Bowe, McFadden, D’Arcy, Trimble; Sexton, Murray; Healy, Best, Ross, O’Callaghan, O’Connell, Ferris, O’Brien, Heaslip.
Replacements: O’Gara for Sexton (74), Reddan for Murray (77), Ryan for O’Callaghan (63).
Not Used: Cronin, Court, O’Mahony, D Kearney.
Sin-bin: Ferris (80)
Wales: Halfpenny; Cuthbert, J Davies, Roberts, North; Priestland, Phillips, Gill, Bennett, A Jones, B Davies, Evans, R Jones, Warburton, Faletau.
Replacements: Hook for Cuthbert (41), James for A Jones (70), Tipuric for Warburton (41).
Not Used: Owens, Powell, L Williams, S Williams.
Sin Bin: B Davies (65).
Ref: Wayne Barnes (RFU).