Disastrous start as Welsh firepower proves too much for Irish hopes

A disastrous start left Ireland with an impossible task when they fell 19-0 behind after just 15 minutes at Stadio Zaffanella last night.

Disastrous start as Welsh firepower proves too much for Irish hopes

And while they battled back in a bid to rescue the game and set up a clash with Australia on Saturday for fifth place, it was just too much to expect against a side they had lost to by seven points in the Six Nations.

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