Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton kicks a penalty against Wales at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Sexton, so clearly in agony, only took leave of this Test match after ensuring Ireland regained parity at 16-16. Clearly the success and failu(...)

Wales coach Warren Gatland expects a physical game against Ireland on Sunday. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Never shy about declaring his hand, either four days out from the match or two days ahead of his counterpart Joe Schmidt, or declaring anything else (...)

Warren Gatland has handed a first Wales cap in five years to Cardiff winger Tom James, while skipper Sam Warburton starts at blindside flanker. Photograph: Inpho

Cardiff Blues wing Tom James will make his first Wales appearance for more than five years in Sunday’s Six Nations clash against Ireland. And Wales h(...)

Connacht’s Matt Healy runs in their first try against Scarlets in their Pro12 match at  Parc y Scarlets, Wales. Photograph: Inpho

Scarlets 21 Connacht 19 Connacht head coach Pat Lam reckons his side shot themselves in the foot after Steve Shingler’s dead-eye penalty at the last(...)

A late Steve Shingler penalty gave the Scarlets a 21-19 win over Connacht. Photograph: Inpho

Scarlets 21 Connacht 19 Connacht head coach Pat Lam reckons his side shot themselves in the foot after Steve Shingler’s dead-eye penalty at the last (...)

Morgan Allen crashes over the line for the Scarlets. Photo: Inpho
Scarlets go ahead of Connacht
  • Pro12
  • December 5, 2015, 16:12

Treviso 20 Scarlets 22 Scarlets are top of the Pro12 after Steve Shingler’s late penalty gave them a 22-20 win over bottom side Treviso at the Stad(...)

Leinster’s Dominic Ryan is tackled by Michael Tagicakibau of Scarlets during the Guinness Pro 12 game at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster 19 Scarlets 15 A beautifully mild night and not a breath of wind in the RDS warmed a thin enough crowd behind the goals in Dublin’s Ba(...)

Keith Earls breaks with the ball to score an Ireland try during the international match against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

Wales 21 Ireland 35 The slickness of this performance was testimony to the coaching skills of Joe Schmidt and his staff, and the trademark(...)

Simon Zebo is congratulated by three other Ireland try scorers, Jamie Heaslip, Felix Jones and Keith Earls after his score against Wales at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: PA

Wales 21 Ireland 35 The final scoreline, if anything, flattered Wales. Ireland were way more cohesive than a Welsh team cobbled together from World Cu(...)

Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip in relaxed mood with head coach Joe Schmidt during the captain’s run at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

As Jamie Heaslip noted, time was when players re-introduced themselves to the game with a modest pre-season friendly for their provinces, maybe a leag(...)