Ireland turned the Welsh temple into a total rugby laboratory.
, beaten on their last four visits to Cardiff in the Six Nations, signed one of the best performances in their recent history.
Not only because of the size – the worst defeat (10-34) of the
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in the tournament at home since 2001 – but because of the style, with an electric forward and a defense that gives nothing away.
This is how a number one in the world ranking defends himself.
The green forward set the trenches on fire, the short game.
The pastor was Conor Murray, the scrum-half relegated by Jamison Gibson-Park, who was out at the last minute.
Andy Farrell, who also couldn't count on a mainstay like Tadhg Furlong, has cultivated a broad squad.
Murray's first half hour was colossal, assisting the onslaught of his teammates as if it were a milling machine.
Ireland put almost 80% of their balls into play in less than three seconds, a frenzy.
Rugby is a test of confidence, from the decision to secure three points by shooting at sticks or to pursue the test.
The same happens in the static phases, procedures such as hunting the ball from the band or keeping the scrum on its feet.
Ireland left Cardiff with self-esteem through the roof, the pride of any therapist.
The first test was signed by Caelan Doris before two minutes after one of those assists from Murray.
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rejected the kick with sticks and struck.
Overwhelmed, the Welsh tried to stop the action with fouls, but it was useless: another score right under their noses, this time by James Ryan.
The short fire marks the luck of rugby because getting out of the fire involves enormous risks.
Wales were burning in tackles and looked to open up the field with long passes.
One of them, precisely the one from his opening, Dan Biggar, ended up in an interception and in a happy ride towards James Lowe's essay.
The score after 28 minutes (3-27) asked to check the flags in search of Italy, more protagonist (unfortunately) in these sets.
Warren Gatland did not impose his record on his return to the Welsh bench.
If a project under construction lacks anything – Wales won three games out of 12 in 2022 – it is trustworthy.
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reached the noble zone, but did not resolve doubts, like the boarding school of Biggar, who did not finish launching or giving up the oval.
Ireland did not detract in defense, with a granite Hugo Keenan as a defender, avoiding sung trials like Rio Dyer's, who kicked happily until he appeared.
The icing on the cake was Josh van der Flier, the total striker: skilled with his hands, fast and with an impressive wingspan.
The best player in the world in 2022 capped off the ultimate Irish charge.
The fourth try is worth a key bonus point, a point that no one counts on when traveling to Cardiff.
His figure is already familiar with Jonathan Sexton, the Irish legend who will say goodbye to the Six Nations as top scorer if nothing strange happens.
The general awaits France in Dublin on Saturday, which will start its defense of the title today in Rome.
Scotland beats England
Scotland lived up to the Irish demonstration and retained the Calcutta Cup – the annual duel against England that honors the birth of international rugby – with the same attacking bonus point (23-29).
After going 38 years without winning in London, the Scots repeated their 2021 victory in Twickenham and the cup has been in their showcases for five of the last six years.
They thus spoiled Steve Borthwick's debut as England coach and welcomed the crisis of his rival, condemned by his weak defense.
The culprit was Duhan van der Merwe.
He scored the best try of the night, striking through the center and breaking English tackle attempts: anyone knocks down a 1.93 giant on the move.
Without boasting, England spent more time in the rival field and took advantage of his insistence with two tests by Max Malins.
His team managed a precarious advantage with which they reached the last five minutes, but Van den Merve appeared to show off their one on one and launch himself between the white shirts towards the test.
Having laid the cornerstone for their first title since 1999, Scotland's task is to fulfill the favorites tag at home to Wales next week.
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