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An Irish day for their Best ended with some Welshmen fearing the worst.
Ireland signed off their summer waving a hearty goodbye to their most successful ever captain Rory Best, and their win over Wales will take them to the top of the world rankings ahead of the World Cup.
But for Wales – who took just a Hadleigh Parkes try and a penalty – it was a third defeat in four, and worse still they saw Rhys Patchell concussed and taken off just four days before they fly to Japan.
Tadhg Furlong was amongst the scorers as Ireland secured victory in their game against Wales
Wales’ Hadleigh Parkes in action with Ireland’s Bundee Aki and Josh van der Flier
Wales’ Jake Ball is challenged by Ireland’s Keith Earls as both sides prepared for the World Cup
Ireland physically dominated and scored three close-range tries through Rob Kearney, Tadhg Furlong and James Ryan.
Joe Schmidt was chastened after the 57-15 hammering to England, but he leaves Dublin for the final time as Ireland coach having registered a couple of steady wins over Wales to see them travel to Japan in decent shape.
But the biggest concern is injuries, again. Keith Earls went off with a thigh injury and for Wales the Patchell removal is a worry.
This was meant to be the day that Patchell proved himself an able back-up for Dan Biggar – but after just 24 minutes the latter had to replace his understudy.
Rhys Patchell suffered his third concussion in a year as Wales were given an injury scare
Jonathan Davies of Wales combines with Hadleigh Parke to tackle Ireland’s Jordan Lamour
Poor Patchell was mown down three times in that period – his passive tackling brutally exposed twice by the bundling Bundee Aki, then by CJ Stander – and the final blow saw him felled.
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