Wales finale will be ideal send-off for Ireland skipper Rory Best

Wales finale will be ideal send-off for Ireland skipper Rory Best

Wales finale will be ideal send-off for Ireland skipper Rory Best

Joe Schmidt said it would be emotional leaving the Aviva Stadium following Sunday's Guinness Six Nations game against France; his last competitive game in his adopted city.

"We know going to Cardiff, with a six-day turnaround, we'll look at how we can be better".

France scrum-half Antoine Dupont, one of the rising stars of the French game, was not at his best in a match where Les Bleus spent much of the time camped near their own try-line, with Ireland captain Rory Best powering past him for the first try of the match as early as the third minute.

Although Ireland responded to their chastening opening round defeat by England with wins over Scotland and Italy, concerns over their performances have remained.

Warren Gatland's Wales - the only team with a chance of a grand slam - have 16 points, England 15 and Ireland 14.

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Rory Best's early score off a rolling maul set the tone early as Ireland passed up a number of kickable penalties, instead opting to seek the all-important bonus-point at every opportunity.

Hooker Best, 36, added: 'It's a really great way to finish off my Six Nations career.

The hosts only had to wait five more minutes for another as they began to pick off the overwhelmed visitors at will with replacement Conan giving his side a 19-0 halftime lead that could easily have been twice that with a little more accuracy.

Wing Keith Earls scored Ireland's only try in the second spell, surging through the France defence after an inside ball by No 8 C J Stander.

Meanwhile, Yoann Huget and Camille Chat claimed late consolations for the disorganised French. "From where we were the last time we sat in this room, it's taken some time but there was a bit of our rhythm back today".

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