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Ireland make it three wins from three with Wales 31-7

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DUBLIN: Grand Slam-chasing Ireland made it three bonus-point wins in the Six Nations on Saturday against Wales at the Aviva Stadium, accumulating their 18th consecutive home victory with a 31-7 win.

The hosts dominated the first half and led 17-0 at the break thanks to tries from Dan Sheehan and James Lowe. A penalty try for Wales and a yellow card for Ireland’s Tadhg Beirne just after half-time threatened to make things interesting.

Ireland largely regained control with 14 men, although a difficult second half remained competitive until Ciaran Frawley marked his first Six Nations start with a 67th-minute first-time try and Beirne added the bonus point try at the death as Wales slumped to their 10th defeat in their last 11 Six Nations matches.

Ireland travel to England in two weeks before hoping to play their second consecutive Grand Slam at home to Scotland on March 16. Wales play back-to-back home games against France and Italy, with the latter now a potential wooden spoon decider.

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