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    Wales vs Ireland

    Rugby League World Cup Round Three

    Perth Rectangular Stadium
    Wales Ireland
    6 SCORE 34
    1 Tries 6
    1 Conversions 5
    0 Penalty Goals 0
    0 Field Goals 0

    Match result:

    Ireland have beaten Wales to complete their 2017 World Cup with two wins and they must feel a little disheartened that they don’t get a crack at the semi-finals.

    After pushing the Kumuls all the way, the quarter-final position was effectively decided by that close loss and despite winning two of their three games, the men in green fail to advance.

    The Welsh have had a disappointing tournament and failed to impress. There are some talented kids in the squad and their spirit was evident, however, the ability to match the power game of their opposition was lacking and the enormous for and against deficit showed just how far off the pace they were.

    Both teams should be proud of the contribution they have made to the tournament and will plan carefully for the next edition where they will seek to improve on this result.

    Final score
    Wales 6
    Ireland 34

    Match preview:

    The Irish and the Welsh meet in what will be a passionate clash in the final round of preliminary matches in the Rugby League World Cup. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from the match at Perth Rectangular Stadium on Sunday evening, starting from 6:30pm (AEDT).

    While the Welsh have not performed as well as they might have hoped, the Irish could have plenty for which to play. A strong win against the Welsh and an unlikely loss by the Kumuls against the USA could see them advance to the quarter-finals.

    That scenario does seem highly unlikely, however, they will still feel they are a sneaky chance if Papua New Guinea strike trouble on Sunday.

    For Wales, they will play with pride in an attempt to defeat one of their old foes, knowing full well that there is still much work to be done in the coming years, if they expect to return as even a moderate threat in future tournaments.

    The Irish will still be lamenting the chances they had against the Kumuls, in a game that was there to be won for either team, if they had been able to hold onto the ball more consistently.

    As a consequence, they will give this match everything, with a faint hope of advancing and much pride on the line.

    Expect a bit of early passion in this one, however, the more powerful Irish forwards and the experience they have across the squad will prove far too strong for the Welsh.

    Wales 12, Ireland 42

    Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from the match between Ireland and Wales in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup at Perth Rectangular Stadium on Sunday evening, starting from 6:30pm (AEDT).

    Stuart Thomas is a sports writer and educator who made the jump from Roar Guru to Expert in 2017. An ex-trainee professional golfer, his sporting passions are broad with particular interests in football, AFL and rugby league. His love of sport is only matched by his passion for gardening and self-sustainability. Follow him on Twitter @stuartthomas72.