Ireland’s Grand Slam hopes ended by Wales

Wales' Scott Williams scores against Ireland
Wales' Scott Williams scores against Ireland
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WALES 23 IRELAND 16

Wales ended Ireland’s hopes of a Six Nations Grand Slam after this win after a pulsating match in the Millennium Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

It also threw open the championship with Ireland, England and Wales now all vying for the RBS 6 Nations trophy on Super Saturday (March 21).

Four penalties from Leigh Halfpenny and a Dan Biggar drop goal in the first half gave the Welsh a 15-9 lead, Jonathan Sexton goaling three penalties for the Irish.

Welsh replacement Scott Williams crossed for a try on the hour mark - Halfpenny missing the conversion, before Ireland were thrown a lifeline with a penalty try on 69 minutes, Sexton converting to make it 20-16.

Halfpenny banged over a penalty to leave Ireland needing a converted try to salvage a draw and in spite of playing the game on the Welsh line, the hosts defended stoutly as they had throughout to secure a memorable win.