Paddy Jackson (78), Chris Henry (31)
Jonathan Sexton (59,45,16,7)
Paddy Jackson (79), Jonathan Sexton (33)


Leigh Halfpenny (55)

Full Time
Ireland 26 Wales 3

Ireland attack from deep inside their half when Jackson launches a counter attack. The Irish are soon inside Wales'' 22 but one of the forwards knocks on. Referee Barnes brings proceedings to a close with a shrill blast on his whistle. The final whistle comes as a relief for Wales, who were never in this game. It was a clinical display from the hosts who were seldom troubled by the tournament''s defending champions. Ireland have laid down their marker for the other teams in the competition and it will take a special effort to halt them.

CONVERSION, IRELAND, JACKSON! 26-3. Jackson adds the extras and the final nail in Wales' coffin!

TRY, IRELAND, JACKSON! 24-3. Ireland go on a 15 metre drive fro ma lione-out, The Welsh defence is at sixes and sevens and Murray then takes it out to his backs where Paddy Jackson glides through a big gap in Wales' back-line before dotting down!

O'Mahony wins a turnover at a ruck and goes on to the attack. He is eventually brought to ground but Mike Phillips is pinned for not rolling away. Jackson puts the ball out inside Wales' 22.

Roberts gathers a pass from Sexton but knocks on when he takes a huge hit from Sexton. That's Sexton's final act of the game as he is soon replaced by Paddy Jackson.

Murray throws a long pass to Heaslip inside Wales' 22. He kicks ahead but it's no problem for Halfpenny who dots down behind his try-line.

Priestland stabs a grubber kick through for Cuthbert to chase but Murray gathers the loose ball. Cuthbert then regathers illegally on the ground and is penalised. Sexton kicks for touch and puts the ball out five metres from Wales' 22.

Wales are looking for something to give them hope in the closing stages! They are on the attack inside Ireland's 22. they set up several phases but are soon penalised when Rhodri Jones is pinned for a double movement as he goes over the try-line.

O'Mahony is penalised for playing Andrew Coombs in the air. Priestland puts the ball into touch, just inside Ireland's half.

Rob Kearney launches a bomb which Halfpenny has great difficulty in dealing with. Wales' number 15 knocks on a Ireland can attack from a scrum.

PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON. 19-3. Sexton succeeds with another place-kick after Gethin Jenkins is penalised for using his hands in a ruck.

PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 16-3. Halfpenny opens the visitors' scoring after Martin Moore is penalised for illegal scrummaging.

Wales attack inside Ireland's 22 but lose possession when Sam Warburton knocks on at the critical moment.

O'Driscoll is pinned for not releasing a tackled player. Priestland puts the ball into touch midway between the halfway mark and Ireland's 22-metre line.

Sexton puts Ireland on to the attack when he puts a penalty into touch, just outside Wales' 22. This after Wales' pack are pinned for illegally collapsing a maul.

Jamie Roberts does brilliantly when he takes a gap outside Ireland's 22! It takes a desperate tackle from O'Driscoll to bring him to ground but for the first time Ireland are under pressure inside their own 22!

PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON! 16-0. Sexton extends the hosts' lead after Alun Wyn Jones is pinned for taking Cian Healy out, off the ball, at a line-out.

Ireland take the ball through several phases before O'Driscoll puts a grubber kick through. The ball touches Priestland and rolls into touch inside Wales' 22.

Priestland gets the second half started with a deep hanging kick which Trimble gathers. He immediately sets up a ruck inside his 22.

Half Time
Ireland 13 Wales 0

Ireland are awarded a penalty just inside their half, after another Welsh infringement at a ruck. Sexton opts to take a shot at goal but his effort is well short of the mark. That's the final act of the half and the teams head into the sheds. As the scoreline suggests, the home side have been dominant. They've had most of the possession and spent most of the half in Wales' half. Wales will have to show serious improvement if they want to claim victory. they've conceded too many penalties and the Irish have made them pay for their errors.

Ireland take the ball through several phases with their forwards before Sexton launches a chip kick which bounces into touch inside Wales' 22.

CONVERSION, IRELAND, SEXTON! 13-0. Sexton holds his nerve and adds the extras to extend the hosts'' lead!

TRY, IRELAND, HENRY! 11-0. Ireland launch a drive from a line-out inside Wales' 22 and Chris Henry control at the back of the maul before crashing over!

Sexton spots a gap behind Ireland's defence and launches a box kick. Rhys Priestland gathers inside his 22 but can only run the ball into touch as Jamie Heaslip is there to put pressure on him.

Wales launch a counter-attack inside their half and Halfpenny offloads to Taulupe Faletau. He makes little headway and knocks on after a tackle from Gordon D'Arcy close to the halfway line.

Trimble runs on to a pass from Rob Kearney on the edge of Wales' 22. He has no space to work with but beats five defenders before being stopped just short of the visitors' try-line by Cuthbert!

Halfpenny launches an up-and-under and Rob Kearney and Alex Cuthbert compete in the air. Cuthbert gets there first but knocks on.

Hibbard takes the ball into contact inside Ireland's 22 but Peter O'Mahony does brilliantly when he wins a turnover! Conor Murray clears his line with a kick into touch close to the halfway mark.

Wales reshuffle their back-line as Scott Williams leaves the field with an injury. Winger Liam Williams comes on as his replacement which means George North shifts to outside centre.

PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON! 6-0. Sexton adds another three-pointer after Richard Hibbard is penalised for going off his feet at a ruck.

Ireland attack with a maul from their forwards, inside Wales' 22 before Sexton launches a cross-kick for Andrew Trimble to chase. The pivot has over-cooked it and Trimble gathers in touch.

There's some concern amongst the Irish as Brian O'Driscoll stays down after taking a huge hit from George North. He receives some medical attention but is soon back on his feet.

Ireland go on the drive, just outside their 22 but Lydiate enters the maul from the side, in an effort to halt it and is blown up for his efforts. Sexton puts the resulting penalty into touch on Wales' 10-metre line.

PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON! 3-0. Johnny Sexton opens the scoring, from the kicking tee, after Dan Lydiate is pinned for not rolling away at a ruck.

Wales attack outside Ireland's 22. Dan Lydiate carries but is knocked back in the tackle by Paul O'Connell! Lydiate holds onto the ball on the ground and the home side are awarded a penalty, which Sexton puts out on Wales' 22-metre line.

The teams pack down for the first scrum. Referee Wayne Barnes penalises Cian Healy and Leigh Halfpenny puts the ball out just outside Ireland's 22.

Kick Off
Jonny Sexton gets underway! Wales fail to gather cleanly but still manage to set up a ruck just outside their 22.

The teams stand to attention while belting out their respective anthems. There's lots of emotion out there amongst both sets of players.

Wales also welcome back a talisman; Sam Warburton reclaims his spot on the openside flank at the expense of Justin Tipuric. Alun Wyn Jones retains the captaincy in a fascinating duel with O'Connell, while Mike Phillips battling fellow British and Irish Lion Conor Murray at scrum-half will be intriguing.

Of course, all the chat has surrounded Brian O'Driscoll in the Irish lineup for his last Six Nations. Paul O'Connell also returns after a chest infection kept him out of Sunday's win over Scotland. Elsewhere, Gordon D'Arcy replaces Luke Marshall at 12.

Hello, and welcome to live coverage of Ireland v Wales in Dublin. For all that the media has overplayed the significance of this clash, it remains a huge contest for several reasons. BOD-gate is a factor, but more importantly, these are two sides with well-place title aspirations. The breakdown will be a monumental battle, as will the set-piece. Strap yourselves in for the game of the weekend; kick-off coming up!

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