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Saturday, 13 October, 2001, 15:52 GMT 16:52 UK
Ireland hammer poor Welsh
Wales 6-36 Ireland
Ireland maintained their 18-year unbeaten record in Cardiff with a fine victory over Wales to lift the pressure on coach Warren Gatland.
The Irish endured a few nervous moments in the second half before late tries by Denis Hickie, Brian O'Driscoll and Shane Horgan gave the scoreboard a slightly flattering look.
However, the visitors thoroughly deserved their victory, which guarantees Gatland's side second place in the Six Nations table.
They squandered a series of glorious try-scoring opportunities in both halves.
Shane Horgan and Mick Galwey both crossed the Welsh line in first half injury-time but were adjudged to have not grounded the ball.
The Irish produced some decent passages of play in the first half having clearly recovered from their mauling by the Scots.
The second half was a largely scrappy affair until the trio of late tries made the game safe.
Ireland enjoyed some early possession deep in Wales' half with outside-half David Humphreys launching a towering up-and-under.
The visitors retained the ball and continued to surge forward only for Humphreys to knock-on.
But Wales had strayed offside and the Ireland fly-half slotted over an easy penalty.
Humphreys went on to score four further first half penalties and he was also denied a further three points with a drop goal which was controversially adjudged to have gone over an upright.
A penalty from Llanelli fly-half Stephen Jones was Wales' only first half half score as the Irish governed the contest for the most part.
Wales launched their best first-half attack in the 22nd minute with the lively Williams kicking ahead only for Denis Hickie to avert the danger with a try-saving intervention.
Horgan and Mick Galwey both seemed certain to score tries after crossing the Welsh line but the video referee said neither had grounded the ball.
Wales started the second half on top as they finally managed to secure some ball.
However, the home side were let down by some sloppy handling.
It was one such turnover that allowed Humphreys to pin the home side deep into their own territory.
But Henry's men won the ensuing line-out to dig themselves out of trouble.
Jones reduced the deficit five minutes into the half with a penalty from in front of the posts as Wales at last began to establish some continuity.
But the Irish quickly re-asserted their superiority and, for the most part, the second half was played in Welsh territory.
Wales centre Leigh Davies tried to make his presence felt in midfield with some strong running but mistakes from his support runners ensured his efforts made little impression.
By the 73rd minute Wales were struggling to break out of their own half and Ireland's dominance was finally rewarded with the try they had been threatening to score all afternoon.
Humphreys released Hickie who skinned his opposite man Dafydd James to touch down for a try.
Humphreys then slotted the conversion over.
Two minutes later, O'Driscoll profitted from a Welsh error to score Ireland's second try.
With the Welsh challenge collapsing, Horgan added Ireland's third try in injury-time to atone for his failure to ground in the first half.
Wales: Kevin Morgan (Swansea); Dafydd James (Bridgend), Allan Bateman (Neath), Leigh Davies (Llanelli), Shane Williams (Neath); Stephen Jones (Llanelli), Robert Howley (Cardiff); Iestyn Thomas (Ebbw Vale), Robin McBryde (Llanelli), David Young (Cardiff, capt), Chris Wyatt (Llanelli), Andy Moore (Swansea), Colin Charvis (Swansea), Brett Sinkinson (Neath), Geraint Lewis (Swansea).
Ireland: Girvan Dempsey (Terenure College); Shane Horgan (Lansdowne), Brian O'Driscoll (Blackrock College), Kevin Maggs (Bath), Denis Hickie (St. Mary's College); David Humphreys (Dungannon), Peter Stringer (Shannon); Peter Clohessy (Young Munster), Keith Wood (Harlequins, capt), John Hayes (Shannon), Mick Galwey (Shannon), Malcolm O'Kelly (St. Mary's College), Eric Miller (Terenure College), David Wallace (Garryowen), Anthony Foley (Shannon).
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (SA).
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