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 defeating Warren Gatland’s side 19-10 in 26, ireland will journey to Japan for the World Cup around the back of two wins over Wales.
Hadleigh Parkes and rob Kearney exchanged first-half tries before dozens and James Ryan put the hosts in command.
Welsh fly-half Rhys Patchell has been substituted at the first half after neglecting a Head Injury Assessment.
Injury compelled off Keith Earls and Ireland’s Cian Healy.
The game also gave the chance to say farewell to the duo of captain Rory greatest and head trainer Joe Schmidt to the Aviva Stadium crowd.
With warm-ups now complete, both sides will probably travel to Japan next week using Ireland beginning their campaign against Scotland on 22 September and Wales confronting Georgia a day later.
Having fielded a weakened team for the meeting of the week in Cardiff, Gatland returned to for its game as Wales started at a ferocious rate.
The visitors could have led to double scores just to Leigh Halfpenny to skip a law punishment from latching onto the kick of Halfpenny through before the timely interception of Kearney denied George North.
Meanwhile, the hosts continued to battle in the set-piece as Finest, in his final home appearance before retiring, misfired from his two line-outs.
Ireland came since they entered the Wales 22 for the first time after 20 seconds, using James Ryan.
Since the 2018 World Rugby player of this season made his first appearance of these warm-up games, with Ireland’s crucial World Cup opener from Scotland two weeks away, all eyes were on Johnny Sexton.
Following his participation saw the veteran fly-half ship his restart directly into touch, Sexton functioned to run the attack of Ireland with average efficiency.
Yet it had been Sexton Henshaw, enjoying with his first game in February, that left the largest impact upon his return because the opening Six Nations defeat by England of Ireland.
With questions hanging through the defence after their thrashing against England, Henshaw’s return prompted a vastly enhanced screen in that regard, and further afield his importance to Schmidt’s gameplan.
It had been Henshaw’s outstanding try-line handle that denied Dan Biggar Sexton’s pass had been chosen off by a particular score after the replacement fly-half halfway.
Henshaw was helpless to prevent Parkes after the Scarlets centre chose a brilliant line to rip through the defence of Ireland, out of bulldozing his way around moments later.
Where in the first half of it was Wales who controlled the game’s speed, Ireland were the dominant force after the restart, establishing camp inside the Welsh 22.
Until Ryan did the same eight minutes later to provide the hosts a two-score lead, prop Furlong drove over from short range after a sustained spell of pressure.
Wales, in contrast, fought to maintain the ball and could not keep their punishment count enough to release the pressure valve.
Referee Mathieu Raynal finally lost patience, delivering replacement lock Adam Beard into the bin with two minutes remaining.
Either side will probably bemoan losing players ahead of the tournament in Japan has started although a warm-up game performed Test game intensity’s benefits are clear to see.
Patchell, who spat out Jarrod Evans for Wales’ backup fly-half spot following an inspired performance from the bench a week, failed to come back from an initial half Head Injury Assessment having taken significant hits.
Before Earls limped off midway through the second half after prop Healy was eliminated at half-time after a HIA ireland lost out.
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, McGrath, Carty, Ringrose
Wales: Halfpenny; North, Davies, Parkes, Adams; Patchell, Williams; Jones, Dee, Tomas Francis, Ball, Jones (c), Wainwright, Tipuric, Moriarty.
Replacements: Liam Williams, Ken Owens, Nicky Smith Adam Beard, Josh Navidi, Gareth Davies, Dan Biggar.
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