Good ex­er­cise de­spite loss, says Gat­land

Fiji Sun - - Sport - Cardiff: Other re­sults: - BBC Sport

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.

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