This is not sugar-coated No shelter from the storm Billy Burns had the game in his hands three times, in fact twice he stalled, revealing a half below the standard that was required to bring Ireland to the To lead victory

This is not a charge against Burns, although his presence reveals an obvious flaw in the Irish system. When the 35-year-old captain was forced – as is almost always the case – the next man was unable to carry out his basic duties under numbing pressure

The 26-year-old was brought to Belfast from Gloucester to deliver at that precise moment.When the clock went red and everything was on the line, the rugby world cup, which England won under 20, had the opportunity to take Ireland to leading a first championship scalp since 2013 in Cardiff

Burns had to show nerves of steel three times The first opportunity came three minutes after Johnny Sexton was forced ashore to the temple by Justin Tipuric’s knee

“Haven’t done [head injury assessment] yet,” said the Irish captain. “I’ll do one later and I’ll obviously do one tomorrow

“I’m well used to them by now, the return to playing logs,” Sexton added. Hopefully I can work out next weekâ ????

When Alun Wyn Jones threw his awkward body at the ball five meters from the Welsh try line, Burns took the penalty to score a five-point game with the blow wobbling before curling up between the sticks

After Iain Henderson and Tadhg Beirne put in a brutal mileage, the Ulster 10 was taken possession of in the middle of the park.His brain seemed to freeze as he stumbled straight into the lower deck with Irish head coach Andy Farrell covering his face in frustration

Anyway, Ronán Kelleher pounded his body into withered opponents to give Jamison Gibson Park and James Lowe essential inches to dance and sculpt. Garry Ringrose and Jordan Larmour invaded Welsh territory before the phenomenal Robbie Henshaw forced a penalty against George North

All Burns had to do was find a touch and let Paul O’Connell Connell’s reshaped lineout mouth complete the third act. Burns had to do what he’d done a thousand times before. He had to create assurance, none Risk He chooses the risk

“Billy is upset” said Henderson Billy lays a large amount on his own shoulders most of the time and has definitely – almost always – worn Ulster in the past, and he will continue to do for Ireland in the future. Obviously, realizing he is up with that kick in the corner tries to get every single inch out of this ball. He overcooked it slightly

â ???? I thought he was excellent when he came in I think if he goes back and looks again it will take away a lot of the impact that it madeâ ????

“Other days if you stick it on the five you are the hero” said Sexton It’s the life of number 10â ????

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