Liam Williams Rugby World Cup: Ireland beat Wales 19-10 in final warm-up game

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Liam Williams Welsh defenders try to halt the progress of Josh van der Flier in Dublin

Welsh defenders try to halt the progress of Josh van der Flier in Dublin
Rugby World Cup warm-up
Ireland (7) 19
Tries:Kearney, Furlong, RyanCons:Sexton 2
Wales (10) 10

Ireland will travel to Japan as the world’s number one ranked side on the back of two wins over Wales after defeating Warren Gatland’s side 19-10.

Rob Kearney and Hadleigh Parkes traded first-half tries before scores from Tadhg Furlong and James Ryan put the hosts in control after the break.

Welsh fly-half Rhys Patchell was replaced in the first half after failing a Head Injury Assessment.

Injury also forced off Ireland’s Cian Healy and Keith Earls in Dublin.

The game also gave the Aviva Stadium crowd the chance to say farewell to the departing duo of captain Rory Best and head coach Joe Schmidt.

With warm-ups now complete, both sides will travel to Japan next week with Ireland beginning their campaign against Scotland on 22 September and Wales facing Georgia a day later.

Ferocious Welsh start amid faltering Irish line-out

Having fielded a weakened team for last week’s meeting in Cardiff, Gatland returned to near full-strength for the final warm-up match as Wales started at a ferocious pace.

The visitors could have led by double scores only for Leigh Halfpenny to uncharacteristically miss a regulation penalty before Kearney’s timely interception denied George North from latching onto Halfpenny’s kick

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