Good exercise despite loss, says Gatland
Wales head coach Warren Gatland was disappointed to lose 22-17 to Ireland in their World Cup warm-up match but was happy with a number of aspects.
He said it was a good exercise despite the loss. Gatland, in charge of Wales for the last time in Cardiff, will name his 31-man World Cup squad today.
Jacob Stockdale scored two while the Irish also carded a penalty try, with Jack Carty kicking five points on his birthday in a solid shift. In reply for Wales, Owen Lane and Rhys Patchell scored their tries, the latter adding two conversion while Jarrod Evans slotted a penalty. Ireland enjoyed a much-improved first half in Cardiff and opened the scoring on nine minutes when the impressive Carty slotted from 40 out. However, Wales levelled matters six minutes later through Evans from in front, this after Peter O’Mahony was trapped at the base of a ruck.
The game then went rather stale before a high take from Will Addison sparked an attack, with Carty’s mini break carried on well by Andrew Conway, whose run led to him finding Stockdale on the left wing for a run in.
With the difficult conversion added, the Irish were 10-3 up.
Both side missed penalty attempts and soon after a stray offload from Aaron Shingler allowed Stockdale to hack downfield and then collect for his brace, pushing the Irish into a healthy 15-3 lead at the Principality Stadium. Scotland 44-10 Georgia, France 47-19 ltaly.