George North and Louis Rees-Zammit tries, plus 11 points from Leigh Halfpenny was enough for Wales to ultimately topple Ireland at the Principality Stadium in the 2021 Six Nations’ opening weekend. Peter O’Mahony was red carded after 14 minutes for Ireland, making history in the process.
By Michael Cantillon at Principality Stadium
Last Updated: 07/02/21 5:16pm
A costly Peter O’Mahony red card – the first ever shown to an Irishman in Six Nations history – saw Wales eventually pull away to a 21-16 victory at a frosty Principality Stadium.
The Munsterman was shown a straight red card by referee Wayne Barnes just 14 minutes into the contest in Cardiff, for making contact with the face of prop Tomas Francis in an illegal clear-out.
Ireland recovered from 6-0 down to go 13-6 ahead in the contest courtesy of two Johnny Sexton penalties and a Tadhg Beirne try, but a George North try and wonderful Louis Rees-Zammit finish saw the hosts edge in front.
Leigh Halfpenny pushed the lead out to two scores off the kicking tee with a penalty, and though replacement Billy Burns brought Ireland to within five points, they couldn’t recover again as Burns failed to find touch with a penalty in the Welsh half inside the final play.
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