Ireland v Wales (Lansdowne Rd Stadium)
Sunday 22nd February
  Ireland Wales
Score 36 15
Try 6 2
Conversion 3 1
Penalty Goal 0 1
Drop Goal 0 0
First half 24 3
Second half 12 12

Match Statistics
Ireland   Wales
Mins in possession
13:27 1st half 11:48
12:52 2nd half 13:25
Mins in opponents half
25:37 1st half 15:06
15:56 2nd half 25:08
6 Scrums Won 10
0 Scrums Lost 1
7 Line Breaks 1
11 Penalties Conceded 11
35 Drives from Rucks 27
28 Passes from Rucks 35
9 Mauls Won 1
72 Ball Won in Open Play 63
18 Ball Won in Opp's 22 27
34 Set Piece Ball Won 34
89 Tackles Made 78
12 Missed Tackles 10
88% % Tackles Completed 88%
6 Off-Loads in the Tackle 5
22 Errors Made 16
5 Turn Overs Won 5
0 Free Kicks Conceded 1
102 Passes Completed 134
15 Possessions Kicked 18
12% % Possessions Kicked 11%
3 Poss. Kicked Errors 4
8 Poss. Kicked To Touch 6
Match Diary   back to top
Ireland   Wales
First half
Byrne - Try 00:59  
O'Gara - Conversion 01:55  
  05:22 S Jones - Penalty
O'driscoll - Try 14:40  
O'Gara - Conversion 15:22  
O'driscoll - DropMiss 16:58  
O'Gara - PenMiss 22:40  
O'Gara - Try 30:30  
O'Gara - ConMiss 31:39  
  31:59 Jenkins - Substitution
(A Jones - Off)
O'Kelly - Substitution
(O'Callaghan - Off)
Byrne - Try 41:19  
O'Gara - ConMiss 42:15  
Second half
  06:27 Owen - Substitution
(Sidoli - Off)
Foley - Try 07:40  
O'Gara - ConMiss 08:30  
O'driscoll - Try 12:16  
O'Gara - Conversion 13:20  
  14:55 Shanklin - Substitution
(Parker - Off)
Maggs - Substitution
(D'arcy - Off)
  23:00 Shanklin - Try
  23:41 S Jones - ConMiss
Sheahan - Substitution
(Byrne - Off)
  29:10 Sweeney - Substitution
(Harris - Off)
  30:31 Popham - Substitution
(J Thomas - Off)
Dempsey - Sin Bin 35:42  
  36:21 Shanklin - Try
  36:48 S Jones - Conversion
G Easterby - Substitution
(Stringer - Off)
Humphreys - Substitution
(O'driscoll - Off)
  38:48 Peel - Substitution
(Cooper - Off)
Best - Substitution
(Corrigan - Off)
Costello - Substitution
(Foley - Off)
Top 5   back to top
Top Scorers
Name Count
Ronan O'Gara 11 (1T) (3C)
Shane Byrne 10 (2T)
Brian O'driscoll 10 (2T)
Tom Shanklin 10 (2T)
Anthony Foley 5 (1T)
Top Carries
Name Count
O'Driscoll 15
D'Arcy 10
O'Connell 10
G Thomas 9
S Jones 5
Top Tackles
Name Count
M Williams 11
Cockbain 9
D'Arcy 8
Gleeson 8
Howe 8
Top Missed Tackles
Name Count
M Williams 4
Maggs 3
O'Gara 3
R Williams 2
S Easterby 2
Top Offloads
Name Count
D'Arcy 2
Cooper 1
G Thomas 1
Horgan 1
M Williams 1
Top Errors
Name Count
O'Driscoll 5
O'Gara 5
Cockbain 3
Cooper 3
Howe 3


O'Gara touches downByrne leads Ireland blitz

Hooker Shane Byrne and captain Brian O'Driscoll scored two tries each as Ireland overwhelmed Wales 36-15 at Lansdowne Road.

Wales' apparent revival following their run to the World Cup quarter-finals came off the rails with a six-try thrashing which got Ireland off the mark in this year's RBS 6 Nations Championship.

O'Driscoll and co put their stamp on the match early, were well in charge by half-time and not hard-pressed to withstand belated Welsh resistance which resulted in two tries for replacement wing Tom Shanklin.

Ireland were immediately in charge thanks to RBS Man of the Match Byrne's first-minute try.
He took Wales unawares by breaking free from a rolling maul and charging over completely unattended from close range.

Ronan O'Gara converted - but within five minutes a Stephen Jones penalty got Wales on the board too.

By the quarter-hour, though, sustained Irish pressure was rewarded with a second try.
Centre O'Driscoll jinked and muscled his way over, and O'Gara once again converted.

Both teams were contributing to an entertaining spectacle of running rugby - and Ireland had to be alert to cover Wales breaks through the backs.

O'Gara was wide with a penalty attempt from close on 50 metres, and Tyrone Howe was kept out only by a last-ditch tackle by Martyn Williams as Ireland threatened to move out of sight midway through the first half.

But by the half-hour the hosts were 19-3 in front, after O'Gara had charged down an attempted clearance from Iestyn Harris and chased over the try-line to touch down.

The Munster stand-off was unable to convert, but Wales were already in danger of being swamped.

Both sides had to make changes before the break, Welsh prop Adam Jones replaced by Gethin Jenkins and Malcolm O'Kelly brought into the hosts' second row for Donncha O'Callaghan.

Just when it looked as if Wales may turn around still just about within sight of their opponents Byrne popped up with his second try of the match.

Proving a more than able replacement for retired Ireland lynchpin Keith Wood, he went in at the corner this time for his third touchdown in 26 Tests. O'Gara failed to add the extras from wide out, but Ireland were still 24-3 to the good.

Wales had the wind behind them in the second half but rarely threatened to make it count, and instead it was number eight Anthony Foley who collected a short reverse pass from Peter Stringer to extend the Irish lead. O'Gara missed the conversion from a favourable position - but Wales were down and out anyway.

Flanker Keith Gleeson proved the point with a decisive break through Welsh cover, and O'Driscoll was once again the glory boy with the touchdown before O'Gara landed the extras to boot.

Centre Gordon D'Arcy had been at the centre of much of Ireland's best play, but they lost him just before the hour when he limped off to be replaced by Bath's Kevin Maggs.

Wales finally awoke from their slumber with an increased share of possession from their forwards and some spirited running from the backs which culminated in an unconverted try in the corner for Shanklin.

But notwithstanding plenty of late pressure - and a spell in the sin-bin for home full-back Girvan Dempsey - the fightback amounted only to a second Shanklin try.

Jones managed to convert from under the posts, but it was still a hugely disappointing afternoon for the Welsh renaissance theorists.