Wales beat Ireland to reach World Cup semis for first time

2011-10-08 08:22

Wales reached the Rugby World Cup semifinals today with a clinical 22-10 win over Six Nations rival Ireland.

It is Wales’ first time to reach the semifinals since the tournament’s inauguration in 1987.

Veteran wing Shane Williams opened the scoring for Wales with a try in the right corner after just three minutes.

Ireland recovered to 10-10 within five minutes of the restart through Keith Earls’ converted try. However, Mike Phillips and Jonathan Davies touched down to send their team through to face England or France.

The Welsh players simply took their chances while the Irish spurned theirs, kicking away possession and turning down early shots at goal in the wild Wellington wind.

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