To close the first day of the tournament of Six Nations, the Irish, the next opponents of France’s 15 and reduced to 14 in the 14th minute, were beaten (21-16) in Cardiff by Wales.
It seems that the Irish substitute usher bears his name well. While his team had one last chance to score in the Welsh camp on Sunday in Cardiff, perhaps for an unexpected victory at the lower forceps, Billy Burns, burning the last cartridge, was unable to find the touchline, his kick ending up as a dead ball behind the Welsh in-between. And so Wales was happy to win the game without convincing anyone. It has always been known that matches between Celts have a special flavour, a slightly wild taste, so much so that the commitment is total, even blind at times, and the Irish paid the price in the 14th minute after Peter O’Mahony was shown a red card for a percussion to the head on the Welsh pillar Francis. It was therefore an unbridled encounter, made up of duels and head-on clashes where the science of physics sometimes served as a game plan. The Irish had their period of domination, the first, after conceding two penalty goals (6th, 19th). And the Welsh defence, under high pressure, cracked just before half-time when Henshaw broke through, found Van der Flier and finally the second line Beirne (37th) for a raging try. At the break, Ireland took the lead (6-13) but they paid for their handicap little by little. First by a feat of George North (49th, 11-13), then by undergoing a long push from his opponents, winger Rees-Zammit scored a corner kick (59th, 18-13) in order to allow his team to regain the leadership, a lead that was almost called into question at the last moment, as the Welsh riders were singularly lacking in lucidity.
Ireland’s No.6 Peter O’Mahony, who was shown a red card against Wales on Sunday, could face a heavier penalty. Sanctioned with a red card in the defeat of Ireland in Wales (21-16), Irish No. 6 Peter O’Mahony will be heard this Tuesday, by videoconference, during a disciplinary committee. A player is not allowed to charge into a ruck or maul,” said the Six Nations press release issued on Tuesday. Charging includes any unrelated contact with another player in the ruck or maul. A player must not make contact with an opponent above the shoulder line. »
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Looking forward to the clash with the French
The opening halfback and captain of Ireland, Jonathan Sexton, should be well present in the Irish starting XV on Sunday against the French team. The former Racing 92 player gave reassuring news after his concussion yesterday afternoon against Wales (21-16). Sexton praised the qualities of the French players who seem to have reached a level they haven’t seen in a very long time. He explained yesterday after the match: “It’s better now, of course I got a big shock to the head but I will have to be operational for this week’s training sessions. We are focused on France now, the bonus point gained in Cardiff can count if we do well at home this weekend. We know that we are playing against the best team in Europe at the moment, the fittest team in Europe”. The tone is set before this duel at the summit between the French and the Irish.