Stockdale double steers Ireland to 17-22 win over Wales

Jacob Stockdale scored a double for Ireland
Jacob Stockdale scored a double for Ireland

Wales 17-22 Ireland, Principality Stadium

Jacob Stockdale scored a double as Ireland edged out Wales 17-22 in their encounter at Principality Stadium on Saturday.

The result also helped Joe Schmidt's side bounced back from their 57-15 defeat to England at Twickenham Stadium last weekend while Wales succumbed to a defeat on what was Warren Gatland's final game in charge of the side at Principality Stadium.

Jack Carty got Ireland off the mark with a ninth-minute penalty goal but Wales responded back with a three-pointer from Jarrod Evans after Peter O’Mahony was trapped at the base of a ruck.

The visitors stepped up the gears with Will Addison charging following which a combination of Carty and Andrew Conway sent Stockdale over the line in the 17th minute.

The Ireland winger found himself in the limelight when he grabbed an offload from Aaron Shingler for his second as the teams went into the break with a 3-15 scoreline.

Wales suffered a setback at the start of the second half with repeated infringements saw Leon Brown sin-binned in the 52nd minute and things turned from bad to worse for the hosts when referee Romain Poite awarded a penalty try in the 57th minute taking the scoreline 3-22.

Even though Ireland made a late comeback with back to back tries from Owen Lane (64') and Rhys Patchell (75') but their effort went in vain as they succumbed to a five-point defeat.

The two teams will once again meet on 7th October at Aviva Stadium before the World Cup kicks-off on 20th October in Japan.


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