Six Nations 2020: Ireland overpower sloppy Wales

Wales suffered their first Six Nations defeat in almost two years as Ireland registered an impressive 24-14 victory at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Sunday (NZ time). 

Ireland fullback Jordan Larmour, prop Tadhg Furlong, flanker Josh van der Flier and winger Andrew Conway all crossed for the home side, who used their forward power to gain territory and set-piece dominance and outscored their visitors four tries to two.

Halfback Tomos Williams and flank Justin Tipuric scored for Wales, who suffered their first Six Nations defeat in nine matches having completed the Grand Slam in 2019.

Wales Captain Alun Wyn Jones admitted it was tough to take positives from a game which ended in defeat.

"Ultimately Test rugby is about winning isn't it?" said Jones.

"You can have all the enterprise and all the beauty you like but ultimately it's about the result."

It is also a first loss for new Wales coach Wayne Pivac, while Ireland counterpart Andy Farrell now has back-to-back wins heading into a meeting with England at Twickenham on February 23.

The Welsh will seek to get their campaign back on track when they host France in Cardiff in a fortnight.

Reuters

Ireland captain Johnny Sexton.
Ireland captain Johnny Sexton. Photo credit: Reuters
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