However CJ Stander was similarly influential at the breakdown, and after earning one penalty inside the Wales 22, Ireland took the now familiar decision to kick to the corner rather than taking the three. From that field position, they were able to work Larmour into some space, and he showed his quick feet to cut inside Nick Tompkins, on his first Test start, and then power over. Johnny Sexton shanked his conversion, but Ireland led 5-0 after 20 minutes. Wales had struggled for any possession or territory, but they proved much more clinical than their hosts when the chance came. Dan Biggar put Alun Wyn Jones threw a gap with a beautiful pass on the gain line. The Wales skipper then offloaded back to his fly-half, who in turn fed Williams to scoot over. Biggar’s conversion made it 7-5 to Wales. Their lead lasted just five minutes though, with Furlong powering over from close range. Off the back of a good scrum, Bundee Aki punched the ball up and when it was recycled, Furlong got through the tackle of Dillon Lewis to dot down. This time Sexton made no mistake with his conversion and Ireland led 12-7 at the break.
Player watch When he first broke onto the international scene two years ago, Jordan Larmour looked absolutely electric, and now he has been given the No.15 jersey full-time, he is taking full advantage. It was his quick feet that allowed him to wriggle through Nick Tompkins' tackle for the opening try. He also delivered the final pass for Andrew Conway to seal the win. While it was not a perfect display, with one poor kick out on the full, Larmour looked a threat every time he got the ball. Ireland made it two wins from two at home in the 2020 Guinness Six Nations as they overcame Wales 24-14 at the Aviva Stadium. In a tightly-contested affair, tries from Jordan Larmour and Tadhg Furlong in the first half put Andy Farrell’s side up 12-7 at half-time. And they added a third in the second half through Josh van der Flier before Andrew Conway sealed the bonus point five minutes from time. Wales kept themselves in the hunt with some stubborn defense and a fine first-half score from Tomos Williams, but they spent too much of the game on the back foot to be able to come away with the win despite Justin Tipuric’s last-gasp try. Ireland started strongly, only prevented from scoring through a Wales scrum penalty and then Wyn Jones getting over the ball to earn another reprieve.