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Stalemate at the Aviva: Ireland draw Six Nations opener with Wales

Ireland’s Six Nations campaign got off to a stalemate in the Aviva Stadium this afternoon as they drew 16-16 with Wales.

The game looked like Ireland’s for the taking as the boys in green took a 13-0 lead in the first 30 minute’s. Ireland were 6-0 up within 15 minutes as Johnny Sexton slotted over two penalties, Ireland’s lead was stretched further when Conor Murray scored a glorious try on the 28th minute. However Wales showed what they were made of when Rhys Priestland slotted over a penalty on 32 minute’s, before Faletau scored a try just before the break to bring them within 3 points of Ireland.

Wales leveled the match within 10 minutes of the restart as Priestland slotted over another penalty. The game became stalemate with neither side able to make any significant breakthrough until the 72nd minute when Priestland put Wales ahead once again through the boot before Sexton levelled for Ireland almost immediately from the restart after slotting over a great penalty from just inside the Welsh half. The game finished with neither side able to make the definitive score to take the win.

The result now means neither side can win the coveted Grand Slam or the Triple Crown. Ireland now have six day breather before another gruelling test in Paris next Saturday when they take on France.

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