Wales came out in top in the first round 2021 Six Nations match against Ireland at The Principality Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Though the game had some excitement, by virtue of the jeopardy of a tight scoreline, the play from both sides left a lot to be desired as the teams settled for an attritional battle up front. This led to 33 passing/handing errors and 22 penalties with the ball in play for 40 minutes and for nearly half of that time it was in one of the 245 rucks.
Wales (6) 21
TRY: George North, Louis Rees-Zammit
CON: Leigh Halfpenny
PEN: Leigh Halfpenny (3)
Ireland (13) 16
TRY: Tadhg Beirne
CON: Johnny Sexton
PEN: Johnny Sexton (2), Billy Burns
The game settled into a territorial battle early on and Wales made the most of the early exchanges with Leigh Halfpenny landing a penalty . . .