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Summary

  1. Full-time score: Wales 22-9 Ireland
  2. Wales deal Ireland's Six Nations title hopes a major blow
  3. England will retain title if they beat Scotland on Saturday
  4. North scores two tries for Wales, Roberts gets clincher
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Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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Good night!

What a game! Time for an ice bath and a protein shake.

Join us on Saturday? I hope so.

Wales to pay tribute to Elli Norkett

Wales Women v Ireland Women (11:00 GMT, Saturday)

Wales Women take on Ireland Women on Saturday morning at Cardiff Arms Park.

Wales will pay tribute to Elli Norkett  who died in a car crash on 25 February.

Norkett, 20, was the youngest player at the 2014 World Cup and won four caps having also played for Wales Sevens.

The match shirts will carry a special embroidered message while the players will pay their own personal tributes.

Elli Norkett will be in our thoughts tomorrow when our @Womens6Nations match kicks off against Ireland at… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

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Darren:  To all the critics out there....... well done Rob Howley.

'Wales come up with big moments'

Wales 22-9 Ireland

Johnny Sexton
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Ireland coach Joe Schmidt: "Wayne Barnes was on the spot, you can't join the maul in front of the ball. Did it have a material effect? I don't know. I think we would have scored anyway.

"It was tough. We scored 10 points in the 10 minutes we were down to 14 men and that's hard to come back from.

"We had good pressure on, there were a number of things we have to be better at. It's incredibly frustrating. We can't win the championship.

"Johnny Sexton got locked in there, it's very difficult I thought it was tough but you are always at risk of that close to your try line.

"Credit to Wales. When they are under pressure they come up with big moments."

'He's a quality referee'

Wales 22-9 Ireland

Ireland captain Rory Best: "We are very disappointed, we came here hoping and expecting to win and keep everything alive. Credit to Wales but we are frustrated with the errors we made.

On his disallowed try at the end: "We felt we were mauling well but Wayne Barnes is a top referee and that is one error we made which we are most disappointed with.

"I haven't seen it back so it would be wrong of me to comment. He's a quality referee."

'We beat Ireland emphatically'

Wales 22-9 Ireland

Wales coach Rob Howley: "We knew there would be a reaction and against one of the best sides in rugby you have to play like that both with and without the ball.

"I'm delighted for the players, they have taken a lot of stick and we beat Ireland emphatically.

"George North? When you praise them too much they sit back, if you criticise them too much they go into their shell so it's a fine balance.

"It was a great advert for Six Nations rugby.

"I'm delighted and proud. Between 68 and 72 minutes was the key, we held Ireland up, had a fortunate penalty and got out of trouble."

'England's bench could be key'

England v Scotland (16:00 GMT Saturday)

Jeremy Guscott

Former England centre on BBC One

If Scotland take to Twickenham what they showed against Ireland for 40 minutes and manage to sustain that, they have every chance to win.

But you look at England's bench and you feel that if it's anywhere close with 20 minutes to go England will pull away.

Twin tackling machines

Wales 22-9 Ireland

The leading tacklers for Wales? Twin flankers Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric led the way for the hosts with 18 apiece.

Want to know which one of them made Jeremy Guscott's Six Nations wrecking crew?

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Rhys Cadogan:  That Welsh side played for the fans and they were excellent! An epic game of rugby!

Tom Mak: Did wales win or did Ireland lose that with their errors?

De Wet:  Centres joining rucks? Expensive little experiment.

'Great from George North'

Wales 22-9 Ireland

Martyn Williams

Former Wales captain on BBC One

George North
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Leigh Halfpenny made some mistakes, he dropped some balls and he wasn't a great attacking threat. He covered so much ground. But it was great from George North.

We want to see that every week. It's a bit disappointing that he needs a rocket to perform like that.

That yellow card...

Jeremy Guscott

Former England centre on BBC One

Johnny Sexton knew where his body was balanced.

He could have released and rolled over.

And you run the risk of the yellow card in that position.

It was a yellow.

Wales 22-9 Ireland

The Wales players are still out on the pitch celebrating with the few fans who have stayed out there. The Friday night scheduling means that many had to make dash bang on the whistle. 

High praise...

Holy moly what a test match..... I feel shattered just winching at those collisions. A few hobbles tomorrow I reckon. #WALvIRE #TopMoment

What a brilliant Test match to watch. Nothing like the intensity of the 6 Nations. Well done Wales.

'A stunning game'

Wales 22-9 Ireland

Jeremy Guscott

Former England centre on BBC One

It was a stunning game of international rugby. The best game since we went from five to six nations? There are a few contenders for that.

The intensity for Wales to put in 102 tackles in the second half and Ireland 90 in the first. It was compelling. 

Watch again: Roberts seals it for Wales

A moment for Wales fans to savour...

'Fully-deserved win'

FT: Wales 22-9 Ireland

Keith Wood

Former Ireland captain on BBC One

We queried the selection, the whole Wales 23.

There was an awful lot of trust and pressure placed on those players.

Tipruic and Warburton were excellent. They out-classed the Irish back row.

They fully deserved their win. It was as compelling a game of rugby as you can have.

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I'm not complaining about this score, the facts are and I hate to say it, we are too reliant on Murray & Sexton, the rest of the team need to step up and if they were good enough they would?!

Thomas H, Leeds

Webb Man of the Match?!? He gave away 2 penalties as well as poor passing & signalling his intentions. Surely it should be North.

Chandler, Swansea.

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Steve Mather:  Phew Tipuric & Warburton immense. What a fantastic game.

Matt Lloyd:  Da iawn bois! #cymru

Zeb Bowyer:  Over 300 tackles made in a crunching, bone splitting Six Nations encounter; the Welsh dragon breathes fire again. Warriors.

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Wales 22-9 Ireland

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Exhausting.

FT: Wales 22-9 ireland

Exhilarating. Exhausting. Da iawn Wales! 👏 to both teams – what a match! #WALvIRE #SixNations #bbcsixnations

'It was a penalty'

Wales 22-9 Ireland

Keith Wood

Former Ireland captain on BBC One

On the late decision to disallow an Ireland try:

"It's very tight, as tight a margin as you could imagine, but it was a penalty." 

Rugby world reacts...

FT: Wales 22-9 Ireland

Wow, what a performance from @WelshRugbyUnion! Great result for @EnglandRugby. 🏉#6nations

Right, I'm exhausted after watching that. Off to bed. Ciao for now.

Fantastic game, well deserved win - to a man excellent and a superb team performance, that last 15mins was epic #warriors 💪

'We owed that to Wales'

Wales 22-9 Ireland

Man of the match Rhys Webb: "We knew we were one performance away from winning a game, they have been down to fine margins every week.

"We showed glimpses of what we can do and there is more to come from us. You don't become a bad team over night."

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones: "We owed that to the Welsh people and to ourselves. We haven't done ourselves justice in the last two games."

'Phenomenal'

FT: Wales 22-9 ireland

Paul O'Connell

Former Ireland captain on BBC One

Phenomenal match.

These boys are going to be so sore for next week's game.

At some of the breaks in play, you wondered how they were going to carry on.

Full-time

Wales 22-9 Ireland

Jamie Roberts celebrates
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What a win for Wales! It all but ends Ireland's chances of winning the Six Nations and ensures that the spotlight shining on England v Scotland remains doubly bright. 

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Shaun Edwards celebrates
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Ali Mason:  Potentially one of the best defensive performances I've ever seen.

Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards would agree. He's cracked a smile....

Wales 22-9 Ireland

George North, smelling an unlikely bonus point for Wales, cuts and goes from halfway and leaves a few Irish defenders in his wake. One more man and he's away but he's wrapped up in the end. He is electrifying over 10-20 yards...

Captain's performance

Ireland lost three of their 10 line-outs throws, halting their attacking momentum. Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones earned two of those steals...

Wales 22-9 Ireland

Ireland steal the scrum as we tick into over time. Play rumbles on. 

'Wales produced the goods'

Wales 22-9 Wales

Paul O'Connell

Former Ireland captain on BBC One

Wales were a world class team playing badly. And they've absolutely produced the goods today.

A few crucial line-out steals and the enthusiasm from their back-row is phenomenal to see.

Wales 22-9 Ireland

Tommy Bowe goes off injured
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Wales have made 155 tackles, Ireland 150. There's not a man out there in good shape as replacement Tommy Bowe has to leave on a motorised cart. He wears the look of a 33-year-old who knows he may not have many more of these in the tank. 

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Tom Miszkowski:  Licking my lips at the prospect of Halfpenny, North, Sexton, Itoje, Vunipola, Farrell et al hooking up in NZ this Summer.

High praise from an Englishman...

Wales 22-9 Ireland

Great defence from Wales, Top response to all the pressure they've had this wk - Over to you England. Back to back #6nations beckons tomo 🌹

Wales 22-9 Ireland

What a game of rugby this has been. The scoreline suggests a comfortable win for Wales but that's not the word I would use. Immense defence shown from both sides in large spells, and Wales have found their cutting edge this evening. 

Converted try (Halfpenny)

Wales 22-9 Ireland

Leigh Halfpenny adds the extras and that will be that.

'Faletau's fresh legs'

Wales 22-9 Ireland

Jonathan Davies

Former Wales fly-half on BBC One

Fresh legs in Taulupe Faletau.

Sexton has tried every pass in the book to unlock this defence. 

He tries the little chip but Faletau gets to him and Roberts is the try-scorer.

Roberts wins it for Wales!

Wales 20-9 Ireland

Jamie Roberts scores a try
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Johnny Sexton eventually runs out of options, he goes for the kick from deep in his own 22, desperate to find a way out, he's charged down by one replacement Taulupe Faletau and it's gathered in by another, Jamie Roberts.

He hasn't got a clear run in but does enough to bundle his way over the line. And that's the win!

Try - Wales 20-9 Ireland

Jamie Roberts