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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 February 2006, 17:09 GMT
Clockwatch: Ireland 31-5 Wales
All the action as Ireland take on Wales at Lansdowne Road in the Six Nations.

80+ mins: FULL-TIME Ireland 31-5 Wales
As the ball goes over Kaplan blows the final whistle and the Welsh squad will now return home with a lot of questions hanging over them.

80+ mins: TRY Ireland 31-5 Wales
Wales give away another penalty deep in their own half. Stringer takes a quick tap and D'Arcy is brought down just before the line. After a few attempts, Stringer picks up and powers over himself. O'Gara kicks the conversion to seal a comprehensive victory.

77 mins: Ireland take a penalty touch instead of going for goal and the line-out drive powers over the line. The decision goes to the video referee again who does not give the score.

Wales are then awarded a penalty as Leamy is sin-binned for kicking Owen on the floor after the drive collapsed on the ground.

74 mins: Wales again fling the ball about but do not make any ground. Ireland defend well on their own 40-metre line and eventually they win back the ball. Wasps flanker Johnny O'Connor comes on for try-scorer Wallace.

70 mins: Wales enjoy plenty of phases and close in on Ireland's 22. Henson, who has not had the best game in his first Welsh appearance in 11 months, tries a chip but it is not the best option and hands possession straight back to Ireland.

68 mins: Prop Marcus Horan receives lengthy treatment for a neck injury after a collision with Gethin Jenkins and is stretchered off. Ulster's Simon Best takes his place.

64 mins: The scrum goes against the ahead and Ireland inch agonisingly close to the try line. Stringer knocks on after lock Ian Gough, who is in the ruck, puts an illegal hand on it and Henson is eventually able to clear.

63 mins: Ireland are in total control of the contest and they threaten the line again when Stringer breaks from the base of a scrum. Ireland cannot keep the move going and Wales get the scrum.

61 mins: A Wales attack comes to an end when Byrne knocks on, Ireland kick forward and Delve is forced to scamper back in defence.

58 mins: PENALTY Ireland 24-5 Wales Wales bring down an Ireland line-out jumper and O'Gara kicks over from the touchline to extend their lead to 19 points.

56 mins: Owen is caught by Ireland scrum-half Peter Stringer at the base of a scrum to hand possession back to Ireland. Blind-side flanker Colin Charvis is replaced by Gareth Delve.

52 mins: Ireland make inroads again deep into the Wales half. Owen concedes the penalty on the 22 directly in front of the posts but the wind comes into play again as O'Gara's kick sails wide.

50 mins: Wales attack through the middle Robert Sidoli carries the ball forward but O'Driscoll again rips the ball off him. Gethin Jenkins comes on to replace Duncan Jones at loose-head prop.

48 mins: PENALTY Ireland 21-5 Wales
A high kick into the Wales 22 causes havoc as the bounce deceives the Welsh defence. Ireland win the penalty, O'Gara slots over and Wales are now in serious trouble.

44 mins: TRY Ireland 18-5 Wales
Ireland's energetic start to the second half continues as O'Driscoll fires a cut-out pass to Horgan on the wing. Two Welsh defenders go to the outside, Horgan cuts into the gap on the inside and has the simple job of touching down. O'Gara converts.

41 mins: From the kick-off, Wales do not find touch when they clear and Horgan offloads to O'Driscoll who makes another charge down the wing. There is some superb breakdown work from the Welsh defence and they win the ball back.

41 mins: The teams take to the field again and O'Gara starts the second half.

40 mins: HALF-TIME Ireland 11-5 Wales
Wales try to get into the Ireland half for the first time in a while. The ball is played back, Henson clears to touch and Kaplan blows his whistle to end a scrappy half.

38 mins: O'Driscoll makes a burst down the left wing but requires treatment after he is bundled out of bounds and into an advertising hoarding. There are fears that his shoulder has gone again and there is a huge sigh of relief when he takes to the field.

36 mins: Again Ireland make the Welsh defence work. They seem to be running out of ideas, Gordon D'Arcy crosses in front of Horgan and the attack comes to an end.

33 mins: PENALTY Ireland 11-5 Wales
Ireland are in charge now and the game has swung in their favour since Stephen Jones limped off. With the line in sight, Ireland spread the ball wide. Byrne is harshly penalised for tackling on the floor and O'Gara kicks the three points.

30 mins: O'Driscoll rips the ball off Michael Owen in contact to set up an Ireland attack. The skipper, Horgan and O'Gara link up and carve open the Welsh defence. Hooker Jerry Flannery charges to the line but Byrne catches him up and produces a superb tackle to save the score.

24 mins: TRY Ireland 8-5 Wales
From the resulting five-metre scrum flanker David Wallace picks and drives to the line supported by his fellow forwards. The decision goes upstairs again but this time the try is given. O'Gara somehow misses the conversion.

23 mins: Andrew Trimble cuts through the Welsh line after Henson misses a tackle and Ireland are on the offensive for the first time. The Irish pile forward, number eight Denis Leamy bundles over the line but the video referee rules that the ball was not grounded.

21 mins: Full-back Lee Byrne goes on an impressive counter attack after a long kick into the Welsh 22. Ireland hold onto the tackled player and give away the penalty and referee Jonathan Kaplan gives a final warning to the Irish.

19 mins: Jones gingerly limps off and Gavin Henson comes on to replace him and receives a few boos as he takes the field, obviously in response to comments made about O'Driscoll in his book.

19 mins: Ireland concede another penalty at the tackle area. Wales may go for goal but Stephen Jones is receiving lengthy treatment for what seems like a thigh injury.

16 mins: PENALTY Ireland 3-5 Wales
Ireland launch a rare attack and Wales are caught offside. O'Driscoll decides to go for goal despite the wind and Ronan O'Gara gratefully slots through the posts.

14 mins: Ireland just cannot get hold of the ball as Wales threaten again. The Irish manage to snaffle the ball on the floor and Wales give away the penalty.

9 mins: TRY Ireland 0-5 Wales
Wales pile forward with the help of some wonderful offloads while Stephen Jones is making all the running. Centre Matthew Watkins produces a clever chip to the corner, the bounce is kind and wing Mark Jones touches down. Stephen Jones misses the conversion.

6 mins: Wales have all the possession but Ireland's defence is strong and despite a mini break from Jones, the men in red cannot make a lot of ground. Ireland eventually force the penalty and make their first foray into Welsh territory.

4 mins: Both sides make a frantic start. Wales flanker Martyn Williams throws a blind pass, Shane Horgan almost intercepts but he knocks on.

2 mins: Ireland are caught offside in the first passage of play. Wales decide to go for goal but Jones' kick, although it is struck well, is held up by the wind and Ireland clear.

1 min: Wales fly-half Stephen Jones gets the match under way and Ireland make tidy work of the kick.

1502: With the anthems sung, the stage is set for the latest instalment of this year's Six Nations.

1457: Ireland skipper Brian O'Driscoll leads his side out to a rapturous reception from the Lansdowne Road crowd.

1455: Dressed in grey tracksuits, the Welsh team take to the field and immediately form a huddle.

1452: Lansdowne Road is packed to the rafters and the crowd is ready to see a game that means so much to two under-pressure sides.

1442 GMT: Both teams are on the pitch and going through their final pre-match drills on a sunny, cold and windy day in Dublin.


Wales take on Ireland in their first game since Mike Ruddock's shock departure as coach.

Stand-in coach Scott Johnson has brought in Lee Byrne at full-back in place of stricken skipper Gareth Thomas, Dafydd James starts on the wing while controversial centre Gavin Henson earns a place on the bench following the end of his seven-week ban.

Ireland are under pressure after a scrappy start to a campaign which has seen them lose to France and edge past Italy.

The Irish make three changes, with wing Andrew Trimble, prop Marcus Horan and lock Donncha O'Callaghan all starting.


Ireland: G Murphy; S Horgan, B O'Driscoll (capt), G D'Arcy, A Trimble; R O'Gara, P Stringer; M Horan, J Flannery, J Hayes, D O'Callaghan, M O'Kelly, S Easterby, D Wallace, D Leamy.
Replacements: R Best, S Best, M O'Driscoll, J O'Connor, E Reddan, D Humphreys, G Dempsey.

Wales: L Byrne; M Jones, H Luscombe, M Watkins, D James; S Jones, D Peel; D Jones, R Thomas, A Jones, I Gough, R Sidoli, C Charvis, M Williams, M Owen (capt).
Replacements: M Davies, G Jenkins, J Thomas, G Delve, M Phillips, G Henson, B Davies.

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (SA).




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