Dublin – Ireland kept their slim hopes of retaining the Six Nations title alive on Saturday when indiscipline once more cost Wales in a 27-12 defeat at Croke Park.
Ireland, for whom captain Brian O’Driscoll won his 100th cap, made Wales fullback Lee Byrne pay for a silly first-half sin binning when tries from wing Keith Earls and scrum half Tomas O’Leary gave the hosts a lead they never looked like losing.
A poor kicking display from Ireland flyhalf Jonathan Sexton allowed the visitors to stay in touch but Earls’ third try in two games just before the hour kept the strangely subdued Welsh at bay.
Ireland need top-of-the-table France to suffer an unlikely loss against either Italy or England and make up ground on points difference to stand a chance of winning consecutive championships. – Reuters