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Ireland defeat Wales 32-9

Ireland (16) 32
Try: Roux, Lowe Cons: Sexton, Murray Pens: Sexton 2, Burns 2, Murray 2
Wales (6) 9
Pens: Halfpenny 3

Ireland claimed victory in the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup match with Wales falling to a sixth straight loss.

A dominant first half and a late James Lowe try helped the hosts win 32-9 in Dublin with pressure mounting on Wales head coach Wayne Pivac.

Quinn Roux's try allowed Ireland to build a 10-point half-time lead as the visitors struggled in the set-piece.

Despite a marked improvement after the break, the visitors failed to convert their pressure into points.

The abrupt departure of defence coach Byron Hayward earlier this week increased the scrutiny around a Wales squad coming off the back of a desperately disappointing Six Nations.

While by no means hopelessly disjointed in Dublin, Wales' performance will have done nothing to ease the concerns of an expectant public.

As for Ireland, who were out to answer their own critics after a comprehensive defeat by France, the bright debut of Lowe and Jamison Gibson-Park's first start provided reasons for optimism, although they did lose captain Johnny Sexton to a first-half injury.

Andy Farrell's side face England at Twickenham next week while Wales host Georgia.