Ireland, Wales draw 16-16 in Six Nations opener

Wales, Ireland draw 16-16 in opening of absorbing Six Nations tournament Wales clawed back from 13-point first half deficit to take lead before Johnny Sexton levelled with late penalty

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Rugby Union - Ireland v Wales - RBS Six Nations Championship 2016 - Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland - 7/2/16 Conor Murray scores the first try for Ireland.

Wales drew 16-16 with defending champions Ireland in an absorbing Six Nations opener on Sunday, clawing back a 13-point first half deficit to take the lead before Johnny Sexton levelled with a late penalty.

With trips to France and England next up, injury-hit Ireland needed to get their defence off to a positive start and took a 13-0 lead thanks to a try from scrumhalf Conor Murray and flawless kicking from Sexton.

Wales cut the difference to three points when Toby Faletau burst over the line just before halftime and were level just after thanks to a Rhys Priestland penalty. It took almost half an hour for the replacement flyhalf to edge them ahead.

However Sexton replied immediately as his long-range effort sneaked over to share the points.

TRTWorld, Reuters