Wales player ratings: Justin Tipuric fails to inspire Wales to victory in Dublin – The Sun

Wales player ratings: Justin Tipuric fails to inspire Wales to victory in Dublin – The Sun

WALES had their hopes of back to back Grand Slams crushed by Ireland in Dublin as they went down 24-14 to Andy Farrell's men.

It was a first defeat for Wales in nine Six Nations games as tries from Tomos Williams and a late consolation from Justin Tipuric were not enough at the Aviva Stadium.

Wayne Pivac's men never got going after the break but will rue Hadleigh Parkes' try that was ruled out by the TMO after he dropped the ball over the line.

Alex Bywater assesses how the Welsh players got on.

Leigh Halfpenny 7

Polished performance from the little man at the back. Brave and committed as ever.

George North 5

Got his first touch in the 73rd minute – and dropped it. Summed up his day. Defended too narrowly.

Nick Tompkins 5

Much tougher test than last week. Failed first-half exam and missed crucial tackle.

Hadleigh Parkes 5

Just lost control of the ball as he stretched to score.

Josh Adams 5

Limped out of the game before the real action begun

Dan Biggar 6

Failed an HIA during the game and left in second half. Didn't make the impact expected.

Tomos Williams 6

Great try was followed by schoolboy error that enabled Irish to hit straight back. Still learning.

Wyn Jones 6

Couple of good turnovers and strong at the scrum. Gets better and better with every game.

Ken Owens 5

Tame contribution from someone who is usually among the fiercest in the side. Wales needed more from him.

Dillon Lewis 6

Did well up until the time he got penalised at the scrum five metres out from Irish line. That was a game changing moment.

Jake Ball 7

Another massive shift from the skipper who showed some really deft touches. Made the first try with some soft hands.

Aaron Wainwright 7

Quietest game for Wales. Couldn’t get to grips with the Irish back row terriers. No surprise when he was subbed.

Justin Tipuric 8

Stand out Welsh performer once again. Into everything and thoroughly deserved his try at the death.

Taulupe Faletau 7

Much more at home than in the game against Italy. Looks to be growing back into the international game.

Replacements:

Elias 5 (for Owens, 74), Carre 5 (for Jones, 64), Brown 5 (for Lewis, 67), Beard 5 (for Ball, 71), Moriarty 6 (for Wainwright, 49) Davies 6 (for Williams, 49), Evans 6 (for Biggar,45), McNicholl 6(for Adams, 25).

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