Wales topple Ireland in Six Nations

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Wales topple Ireland in Six Nations

A St Patrick's weekend Six Nations title decider against the "auld enemy" England at the Aviva Stadium is the prize on offer for the Irish Rugby team in Cardiff this weekend. Ireland were foundering without their half-backs, desperately trying to stay in a game where some of Wales's experienced players who had been muted in the previous two rounds were determined to impress Gatland.

'If you're too emotional, you can't focus on your set-piece or your core skills but at the same time in the first half against Scotland we weren't where we needed to be.

"One of the greatest ingredients we had in our time was fear".

Ireland surprised Wales by agreeing to close the roof and they were equally caught out when they came out for the warm-up and found themselves wading on a wet surface. It's about making sure we control our emotions, that we are smart and disciplined... but we can't be outdone like we were against Scotland'.

"We are talking about the last 15 minutes against England and perhaps the first 15 minutes of the second half versus Scotland".

New Zealander Schmidt announced his side on Wednesday with the only change on the bench as Ulster wing Andrew Trimble was ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with a hand injury and is replaced by club mate Tommy Bowe.

'It was a big lesson.

"So you've got to expect everything really, because they'll mix their game up and you've got to be switched on for everything they do".

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"As far as I am concerned, when you are taking part in worldwide rugby as a player, as a coach, you are under constant pressure".

But as was the case in Edinburgh, Jonathan Davies knocked the ball on under pressure to give the visitors an easy out.

'We came in at half-time and said the points we had accrued weren't going to be enough to win, that we had to score again.

That may have led to the Irish management's decision to allow the stadium roof to be closed.

George North led the resurgent Wales performance with a pair of tries as Ireland struggled to cope with his power and pace.

"If Wales don't succeed, you are going to get a fair bit of flak". "If the national team doesn't succeed you're going to get a fair bit of flak and that's life. But we want to play in as close to flawless conditions as you can get and closing the roof guarantees no rain".

Johnny Sexton opened the scoring, was forced off the field for a HIA and ended the half in the bin as Wales edged a ferocious first 40 in Cardiff.

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