Rugby World Cup: Ireland beat Wales 19-10 in final warm-up game

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By Michael Morrow
BBC Sport NI at Aviva Stadium
After beating Warren Gatland’s side 19-10 in 26, ireland will travel to Japan to the World Cup on the back of two wins over Wales.
Hadleigh Parkes and rob Kearney traded tries from Tadhg Furlong before scores and James Ryan put the hosts in control after the break.
After failing a Head Injury Assessment welsh fly-half Rhys Patchell was replaced.
Injury forced off Ireland’s Cian Healy and Keith Earls.
The match gave the opportunity to say farewell to the departing duo of head trainer Joe Schmidt and captain Rory greatest to the Aviva Stadium crowd.
With warm-ups today complete, either side will visit Japan next week using Ireland beginning their campaign against Scotland on 22 September and Wales facing Georgia a day later.
Having fielded a weakened team for the week’s assembly Gatland returned to for the final warm-up match as Wales began at a furious pace.
The traffic might have led by scores only for Leigh Halfpenny to independently forget a law punishment from latching onto the kick of Halfpenny before the timely interception of Kearney denied George North.
Meanwhile, as Finest, in his final home appearance prior to retiring, misfired from his two line-outs the hosts continued to battle in the set-piece.
Ireland came since they entered the Wales 22 for the very first time after 20 seconds, together with James Ryan amassing the throw as Kearney crossed until the ball was moved during the phases.
Since the 2018 World Rugby player of the year made his initial appearance of those warm-up games with Ireland’s crucial World Cup opener from Scotland just two weeks away, all eyes were on Johnny Sexton.
Following his participation saw the veteran fly-half send his restart into touch, Sexton settled well to conduct the attack of Ireland with efficiency.
Nevertheless it had been Sexton Henshaw, enjoying his first game in February, that made the largest impact since the opening Six Nations defeat by England of Ireland.
With questions hanging over the Irish defence after their 42-point thrashing against England, Henshaw’s return prompted further afield his significance to Schmidt’s gameplan, and a vastly enhanced screen in that respect.
It had been Henshaw’s outstanding try-line tackle that denied Dan Biggar Sexton’s pass had been chosen away by a certain score following the replacement fly-half on halfway.
Henshaw was powerless to prevent Parkes following the Scarlets centre picked a line to tear through the defence of Ireland, from bulldozing his way around minutes after.
Where in the first half it was Wales who controlled the game’s speed, Ireland would be the dominant force following the restart.
Prop Furlong drove over from short range after a sustained spell of pressure before Ryan did the exact same eight minutes later to provide the hosts a lead.
Wales, could not keep their punishment count and in contrast, struggled to maintain the ball.
Really swimmer Mathieu Raynal lost patience, delivering replacement lock Adam Beard to the bin.
Even though a warm-up match performed Test game intensity’s advantages are clear to see , both sides will probably bemoan losing players to injury before the tournament in Japan has started.
Patchell, that spat out Jarrod Evans for Wales’ backup fly-half spot didn’t return from a first half Head Injury Assessment having obtained hits.
Ireland lost out until Earls limped off midway through the second half, following prop Healy was removed at half-time following a HIA.
Ireland: Kearney; Larmour, Henshaw, Aki, Earls; Sexton, Murray; Healy, Best (c), Furlong, Ryan, Kleyn, Stander, van der Flier, Conan.
Replacements: Cronin, Kilcoyne, Porter, Henderson, Ruddock Carty, Ringrose
Wales: Halfpenny; North, Davies, Parkes, Adams; Patchell, Williams; Jones, Dee, Tomas Francis, Ball, Jones (c), Wainwright, Tipuric, Moriarty.
Replacements: Ken Owens, Nicky Smith Adam Beard Gareth Davies, Dan Biggar, Liam Williams.
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