Feb 24, 2018 at 2.15pm UK
Ireland
37-27
Wales
Stockdale (6', 80'), Aki (40'), Leavey (44'), Healy (53')
FT
Davies (20'), Shingler (61'), Evans (76')

Result: Ireland remain on course for Grand Slam with victory over Wales

Ireland remain on course for the Grand Slam thanks to a 37-27 win over Wales in Saturday's Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium.

Ireland remain on course for the Grand Slam after securing a 37-27 win over Wales in Saturday's Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium.

The visitors got off the mark just two minutes in after Bundee Aki played the ball from an offside position for a penalty which Leigh Halfpenny kicked straight through the middle.

Ireland then struck the post with a penalty of their own on five minutes but a try came two minutes later as Jacob Stockdale picked up Johnny Sexton's flick to the wing and crossed over, though the latter's subsequent conversion attempt sailed wide.

Wales then surged back into the lead on 10 minutes when a turnover led to Gareth Davies going over and Halfpenny adding two more points from the boot, an advantage built upon further with another penalty on 30 minutes.

However, the hosts got three points on board as Sexton finally got a penalty over and ended the opening 40 minutes ahead when their pressure finally gave way to a try, Aki bursting through from a metre out and the kicker adding the extras.

Ireland added seven more points on 44 minutes when a turnover saw Keith Earls and Rob Kearney combine to enable Dan Leavy to cross over before Sexton converted, and another try came nine minutes later as Cian Healy barged over from close range.

Just after the hour mark, Wales reduced the deficit to seven points as Aaron Shingler went over in the corner and Halfpenny added the finishing touch with his boot, but Ireland pulled further ahead on 72 minutes through Conor Murray's penalty which came off the post.

The visitors made it a tense finish when Scott Williams and Josh Navidi combined to release Steff Evans who duly went over, with Halfpenny converting, but Ireland made sure of victory late on through Stockdale's galloping try.

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Joe Schmidt, the Ireland head coach looks on during the International match between Ireland and New Zealand All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium on November 24, 2013
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