Ireland ladies continue 100% record in Six Nations

Ireland ladies continue 100% record in Six Nations

George North says he wanted to "put it right" after spectacularly rediscovering world-class form as Wales shredded Ireland's RBS 6 Nations title hopes.

Regardless of England's result against Scotland, they will be playing for the championship on the last day and if they do manage to beat the Scots, then they will have the chance to create history by winning 19 consecutive Test matches, surpassing the All Blacks record of 18.

George North goes in for a try. Rival scrum-halves Rhys Webb and Conor Murray, hookers Ken Owens and Rory Best, plus all four flankers in Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric, CJ Stander and Sean O'Brien, for instance - so it is a selection shop window packed with high-class items.

"This is a team that never gives up and we saw that with the way we fought back, it was just a shame we couldn't finish the job", added Johnston.

"I think that is the only way you can really play this game, to be honest with the team and your mates around you".

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It was a brutal match, the ferocity of some of the early bone-jarring hits reverberating around a packed, expectant Principality Stadium in full song: Ireland made 81 tackles in the first half alone.

It will be interesting to see if they opt for more of the same if awarded a penalty inside Johnny Sexton's range during the opening stages in Cardiff.

Wales came battering back, but the Irish defence held firm.

Wales sowed up the victory in the 78th minute when Roberts touched down after a brilliant block down of Sexton's kick.

No sooner had the replacement come on then Wales sprang from a line-out.

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Ross Moriarty made a half-break in midfield and offloaded to Rhys Webb, who delivered an inch flawless long pass to the oncoming Leigh Halfpenny.

Juggernaut wing George North is among world rugby's most risky attacking forces when on top form but he has struggled in the Test arena this season.

Alun Wyn Jones rose to pluck the ball in the resulting line-out, the maul trundled forwards and Webb found North unmarked on his wing for a simple try, his 30th on the worldwide stage.

However, Ireland dug deep and engineered an unconverted try from Hannah Tyrrell that proved to be a match victor.

"I thought our line speed in the first 20 minutes put them under real pressure and created opportunities for us and, as I said before, I thought we were a bit unlucky not to get something more from them when we did get in behind them".

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