16th October 2011, 15:07
Wales' opponents lose in Sunday matches
Ireland go into next Saturday's Rugby League international against...
Ireland go into next Saturday's Rugby League international against Wales at The Gnoll in Neath on the back of a defeat after losing 26-6 to Scotland in Glasgow on Sunday.
The Irish fielded eight debutants, who will have gained much needed experience for the encounter with Wales, a game that is being played to give the Welsh preparation for their Four Nations campaign where they will take on England, Australia and New Zealand.
Two tries by Glaswegian teenage winger David Scott sealed the win, the last in the final minute, by which time Ireland's challenge had faded.
Scotland, who coincidentally also has eight newcomers, took the lead after three minutes when Alex Hurst, touched down a kick through by man of the match John Duffy, and converted his own try. The Irish, well led by scrum-half Liam Finn, levelled on 19 minutes, Finn scoring from half-back partner Paul Handforth's inside pass on the right wing and then kicking the goal himself.
Scotland then retook the lead on 25 minutes and never relinquished it: Hull FC's Crawford Matthews, another teenage debutant, drove over by the right corner flag to make it 10-6.
Paddy Coupar added a further try for Scotland just after the interval before Scott's late brace, converting both himself.
Two of Wales' other opponents this autumn, Australia and New Zealand, also met on Sunday in a Test Match in Newcastle, Australia with the home side running out convincing 42-6 winners.
The Fijian born Akuila Uate grounded twice gave Australia an 8-0 lead in as many minutes and the Kiwis failed to recover. Chris Lawrence and Darius Boyd both also scored two tries while Willie Tonga and Keith Galloway each scored once. Johnathan Thurston converted four times and Cameron Smith once.
New Zealand's sole reply was a Kevin Locke try in the second half converted by Isaac Luke.
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